SC asks Sharifs to submit evidence establishing PM’s son as owner of London flats

Published: February 15, 2017
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son Hussain Nawaz. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son Hussain Nawaz. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

ISLAMABAD: As hearing of Panamagate case resumed in the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday, the apex court asked the Sharif family to produce documentary evidence to establish prime minister’s son Hussain Nawaz as beneficial owner of Park Lane flats in London, in accordance with the family’s claim.

“Where is the document which could show Hussain Nawaz is the beneficial owner of Landon flats?” Justice Azmat Saeed Shaikh asked Sharif family’s counsel Salman Akram Raja.

The top court judge also asked the Sharifs’ counsel to provide the family’s agreement with Minerva Services Limited, a company which the premier’s family claims is a service provider to Nielsen and Nescoll offshore companies owned by the PM’s son.

“Let’s call a spade a spade and show us relevant documents that could reveal who gave payment to service providing company (Minerva),” Justice Azmat asked.

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Meanwhile, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who is heading a five-judge larger bench of the apex court in the Panamagate case, in his remarks said, “This is the stage which will make or break the Panamagate case.”

Justice Khosa expressed wonder that four apartments in London’s upscale area were acquired for two students (Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz) in 1990s.

On this, the Sharif’s counsel claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s nephew Hamza Shahbaz was also studying in the UK at that time. However, he expressed his inability to provide complete documents regarding the ownership of London apartments.

“It will not be possible to give every document regarding the money trail,” Raja told the larger bench, which is hearing a slew of petitions against Sharif family’s alleged corruption.

Justice Khosa observed that the issue was not related to dependency of prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz but it pertained to the ruling family’s integrity.

The top court judge also observed that there was no document which could show how bearer shares regarding the ownership of London flats were transferred to Sharifs by the Qatari royal family.

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Another judge Justice Ijazul Ahsen remarked that no document had been produced regarding the generation of money by Qatar investment as well as getting the ownership of London flats. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan asked Raja to tell the top court how the London flats were purchased by the Sharif family.

The hearing of the Panamagate case was adjourned last week as Justice Sheikh had been hospitalised in Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology following chest pain. Doctors had advised the judge to undergo medical examination after seven days. Daily hearings of the Panama case discontinued after Justice Sheikh’s illness.

On January 4, Justice Khosa had ruled the hearings of the Panamagate case will be conducted daily without any adjournment.

‘No money trail established’

Reacting to today’s arguments by the Sharif family’s counsel in the top court, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that the former had not brought up any evidence of owing their London property despite a passage of nine months.

“There is a discrepancy between the evidences presented by Sharif family and their statements,” Imran said adding “Most of these documents have been unable to establish a money trail.”

PTI chairman went on to add that money trail of his own property as well as documents were available with the Election Commission.

Imran further said that Sharif family have never been held accountable, taking refuge under either the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) or the Charter of Democracy.

Chairman PTI reiterated that FBR, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) or other institutions cannot carry out an independent investigation of the case as long as Nawaz Sharif holds his position as the Prime Minister.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Abdullah
    Feb 15, 2017 - 11:48AM

    This nation has great expectations from Supreme Court. Direction need to be set to make the real destroyers (rulers) of this country accountable. Or else no one will ever expect any good from Public institutions and corruption will be made legal just by showing a simple letter anywhere from worldRecommend

  • FAISAL IQBAL
    Feb 15, 2017 - 1:04PM

    “Corruption is like cancer which spreads over the country. Many organizations PCB , WAPDA, NEPRA, whatsoever. For this reason; we are not progressive and much behind for destination.” Recommend

  • King
    Feb 15, 2017 - 1:13PM

    I think SC should listen to other cases pending prior since 10+ yrs. No case should be o/s for more than 1 yr (at max). They should constitute 20-30 benches(100, if required) so that justice can be delivered quickly. (Justice delayed is justice denied). we all know election 2018 will be won by same party (PML-N) and will rule again. IK is only wasting time of nation/SC. Recommend

  • Solat
    Feb 15, 2017 - 1:49PM

    @Abdullah Court has to make decision on the basis of evidence and in this case opposition parties have failed to provide any solid evidence. Recommend

  • Patriot
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:06PM

    That is a joke! Has the ruling clique given the money trail? That is opposition’s evidence…Recommend

  • Minhaj
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:34PM

    @King:
    Actually Pakistanis should get rid of people like before kicking out the Sharifs out of Pakistan.
    Loser!Recommend

  • kilo
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:36PM

    Alhamdulallah.. Alhamdulallah…all documents regarding ownership of London flats will be duly provided together with the money trail Recommend

  • AZ
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:40PM

    Well, the recommendation on the comments itself tells the story and giving the verdict.Recommend

  • Khan A
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:50PM

    @Solat: You mean Panama Leaks, based on which many leaders lost their positions, are not evidence? Let’s be clear, burden of proof lies on the Sharifs in this case. And so far they have come up with nothing, as you rightly noted.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:55PM

    This is not just a case of corruption……it is more importantly a case of the use of a public office for personal gain.Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Feb 15, 2017 - 3:09PM

    Billions of Dollars but no money trail- Yes NS and family we believe you!Recommend

  • azmat
    Feb 15, 2017 - 3:10PM

    @Solat:
    Burden of proof is on the Shareef family after accepting teh ownership.I have also become half a lawyer after listening to the proceedings since last 2 months. U need to open ur eyes Recommend

  • Anon
    Feb 15, 2017 - 3:18PM

    @Solat What evidence do you need? It’s basically been proved that a tonne of money just fell out of the sky into the Sharifs lap from no known source right about the time they were in power….

    Do you need a video of Nawaz actually putting on a mask and stuffing his pockets at the treasury? I’m guessing even that wont be enough because it hasnt been enough for other people in their government!Recommend

  • Tasadiq
    Feb 15, 2017 - 3:37PM

    It is incredible to see PMLN supporters sending their comments in and saying lets brush it all under the carpet and continue.

    THIS IS THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT – idiots.

    It doesn’t matter if PMLN,PPP or PTI win the next election. Pakistan MUST rid itself of CORRUPTION and CORRUPT people who buy their way into power.

    If this means IK, AAZ and NS are all disqualified, so be it.

    Wellbeing of Pakistan is more important than any one Party or Individual. Recommend

  • R
    Feb 15, 2017 - 3:57PM

    Nawaz Sharif and the PML N have a done a better job than any political party before them. And after all this raucous drama of the Panama Leaks is over, they will walk free of any charges and win the coming election. Recommend

  • Mushtaque Ahmed
    Feb 15, 2017 - 7:13PM

    Reacting to today’s arguments by the Sharif family’s counsel in the top court, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that the former had not brought up any evidence of owing their London property despite a passage of nine months.

    Is it “owning” in the second last line of the above para?Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Feb 17, 2017 - 3:25AM

    @R:
    And they have stolen billions. Where did the money come from for the flats?Recommend

  • Sharaf Khan
    Apr 29, 2017 - 11:38PM

    @R:
    I guess they have paid you some or you are just to stupid to see the level of corruption which they have been indulging in.Recommend

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