Newspaper clippings are not evidence, says SC,
Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz submitted documentary evidence on ‘legitimacy of their assets’ before the Apex Court on Tuesday.
The documents comprising nearly 400 pages contain relevant details of transactions as well as receipts of payments since 2011.
While Maryam Nawaz submitted the evidence required by the court, her brothers Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, both of whom live abroad, failed to submit relevant documents in time. The five-member larger bench chaired by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali expressed its disappointment over failure of the premier’s sons to comply with court orders to submit evidence within stipulated time.
Following the hearing, the counsel for PM’s children submitted documents detailing their assets but sought additional time from the court to submit one remaining document on behalf of PM’s sons.
The counsel objected to the formation of a commission to probe the Panamagate case and pleaded that the court continues to hear it.
The bench directed all parties to exchange the documents’ copies and adjourned the hearing till Nov 17, which is when the bench said it will decide whether to form a commission to investigate the matter or not.
Presenting his arguments, counsel Akram Sheikh said the PM’s family established a steel mill in Dubai without any financial input from within Pakistan. He said Mian Sharif (father of Nawaz Sharif) set up the mill in Dubai with capital provided by Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, the emir of Dubai.
“75 per cent shares of the mill were given to Al Hali group while later in 1980 Mian Sharif sold 20pc shares.”
Sheikh later presented a letter by Qatari prince Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani, supporting the Sharif family’s claim that no money was laundered from Pakistan.
The prince said in the letter that Sharif’s father sold his business in Dubai in the early 1980s and invested 12 million dirhams in the real estate business of the Al-Thani family in Qatar. The letter says flats number 17, 17a, 16 and 16a at Avenfield House, Park Lane, London — which are now owned by the Sharif family — were registered in the names of two offshore companies and were purchased from the proceedings of the real estate business.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Shaikh Rashid have already submitted evidence in support of their claims against the premier’s family.
During the hearing, the Supreme Court on Tuesday remarked that cuttings of newspapers are not evidence as they are useless when the news get old.
The counsel of Jamat-e-Islami urged the court to form commission over Panamagate issue.
The bench ordered all parties to exchange the documents copies and adjourned the hearing till Nov 17. The counsel for PM children objected to the formation of a commission to probe the Panamagate case and pleaded that the court continues to hear it. The bench said it will decide whether to form a commission to investigate the matter or not. INP