Maryam owned London flats for 6 months, admits counsel

Published: February 16, 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz. PHOTO: INP / FILE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz. PHOTO: INP / FILE

ISLAMABAD: As the Panamagate case hearing resumed on Thursday in the Supreme Court, the counsel for the Sharif family admitted before the apex court that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz owned four flats in Mayfair, London for at least six months in 2006.

Sharifs’ counsel Salman Akram Raja told the five-judge bench – which is hearing a slew of petitions filed against the ruling family over alleged corruption – that Maryam had been a legal beneficiary of the London flats in the upscale Park Lane neighbourhood from February to July 2006 as she possessed bearer shares regarding ownership being a trustee.

He claimed, however, that in July, the shares were registered in the name of Minerva Services Limited, a company which the premier’s family previously identified as a “service provider” to Nielsen and Nescoll – offshore companies owned by the PM’s son Hussain Nawaz.

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Upon this, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh called for documentary evidence which could show the authorised representatives of Minerva Services. In his response, the Sharifs’ counsel said Minerva was authorised by a trustee service company which is now owned by the PM’s son.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan expressed his surprise that the Sharif family seem to have acquired expensive apartments in London without any documentary evidence to establish ownership or a money trail for the purchases.

The judge also lamented that what the court should do when the petitioner, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was not capable of providing corroborative evidence to establish their case and the ruling family’s documents were unreliable.

Meanwhile, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who is heading the bench, observed that the court was still conducting proceedings of an adversarial nature, but after completion of arguments by counsels of both parties, it will see whether inquisitorial proceedings should be initiated.

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Justice Khosa asked Raja if he was telling the court that the Sharif family did not possess any relevant documents and insisted that the Qatari prince should be asked to explain how the Sharifs acquired the London properties.

The SC judge went on to add that the ruling family was making a gamble which could go either way. Justice Khosa also wondered what would be the spirit of accountability if the Sharifs failed to produce the necessary documents in court.

The counsel argued that the apex court cannot give a direct verdict against the ruling family until due process is followed at the relevant forum. “The SC is not the proper forum to give a declaration against [them],” Raja said.

After Raja concluded his arguments, the top court later summoned the NAB and FBR chairmen to appear in person at the next hearing, which is scheduled for February 21.

The bench also directed the NAB prosecutor general to submit the complete record of the 17-year-old Hudaibiya Paper Mills investigation into the Sharifs during the next hearing.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Fahad Zia
    Feb 16, 2017 - 1:49PM

    Pakistani courts do not have the teeth to bite the real criminals. Every one knows this is going to go in favour of the sharifs.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 16, 2017 - 1:59PM

    Everybody including the judges know that they are guilty, but who is going to bell the cat? Are these judges brave enough to dethrone his Royal Highness Nawaz Sharif?Recommend

  • terba
    Feb 16, 2017 - 2:38PM

    Lies, lies and more lies! Nawaz Sharif, for once just admit your corruption, you don’t have to disgrace yourself every day.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 16, 2017 - 3:00PM

    The Lady who stated she owned nothing, now owned them for 6 months. Lie again. How gullible can Pakistanis be?? If this lie isn’t sufficient to dismiss Sharif’s case then and only Peoples Court can give us JUSTICE. . Recommend

  • FAZ
    Feb 16, 2017 - 3:25PM

    6 months affair…Recommend

  • Lolz
    Feb 16, 2017 - 3:35PM

    Even if they admitt that they laundered money earned from commissions, no one in this country would dare to make them accountable and that is the reality. A country without justice would always be called a failed state and we should either compromise or shoot ourselves. Recommend

  • AQ
    Feb 16, 2017 - 3:47PM

    Supreme court should set an example here, even if the odds are in favour of Sharif.Recommend

  • Taseer Suleman
    Feb 16, 2017 - 3:59PM

    I’m not a PTI fan neither do I back PML(N) or any other political party, but my common sense tells me to stand up against a leadership which cannot even stay onto words said by themselves.Recommend

  • Umair from Dubai
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:26PM

    I appreciate Imran Khan on exposing the big mafiasRecommend

  • Bilal
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:52PM

    How to spot a PTI fanboy? look for this statement: I am not a PTI fan neither do I back PML N but…Recommend

  • Besharam Khan
    Feb 16, 2017 - 5:28PM

    well even small businessmen own property in UAE, London, USA etc. Sharif family was elite even in Liaquat Ali Khan’s era. People need to understand if they can’t afford properties, who can then?Recommend

  • Gaz
    Feb 16, 2017 - 5:48PM

    @Bilal: how to Spot a blind noon league fanboi. Well he/she will never comment on the issue being discussed either it will be about PTI or some other rubbish.Recommend

  • Sultan Durrani
    Feb 16, 2017 - 6:35PM

    ‘Cat has come out of Bag”,but coming slowly.Recommend

  • Waseem Achakzai
    Feb 16, 2017 - 7:03PM

    PTI Rambos will be loving this and salivating on social media.
    PTI Rambos have a holier than thou attitude Recommend

  • Arfan
    Feb 17, 2017 - 5:42AM

    P. M s family can own anything they like, as long as they can provide evidence,that they had paid tax on money, they brought from Pakistan for there investments. This applies to everyone. Will people of Pakistan think about Pakistan. Non of the political parties, have done anything for the common men. What good is democracy, when elected persons are destroying the nation they are elected to serve. Yes, then blame every other nation. May Allah look after Pakistan Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Feb 17, 2017 - 6:04AM

    @Besharam Khan — You are wrong about your assumption. My family lived in Gawalmandi and know the Shareef family very well from the Liaqat Ali Khan era. They were not rich by any standard back then. My cousins grew up with Nawaz and family and very well know how much money they had growing up. Recommend

  • Mazher Bashir
    Feb 17, 2017 - 7:56AM

    The way Pakistani system works many of the SC Panama bench members wouldn’t be able to provide proof about their own properties. Even those who are bashing NS in their comments their forefathers too. Regardless, they bought those property with Halal income. It a reality. Recommend

  • Ali Ahmed
    Feb 17, 2017 - 8:38AM

    Every one can see through this facade of hiding facts and misleading statements.
    Think about it ,if one stays in property worth $ 20 Million,what must be net worth of family. Where did all this money come from?Recommend

  • Haris
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:25AM

    Common SC, don’t let others make a fool out of you now.Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 17, 2017 - 12:59PM

    Same goes for Zardari’s family; father of AZ was of modest means from a not very prominent tribe. Recommend

  • Saleem
    Feb 17, 2017 - 2:19PM

    @Mazher Bashir:
    Nice try!Recommend

  • Imran Ali
    Feb 18, 2017 - 11:33AM

    Nothing against PML-N but surprised what kind of this Leadership is, ro remain the n power they can do anything Lies statement on Parliament Floor, Production of Qatari Prince.SC everyone is looking towards u..Recommend

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