Panama Leaks case: SC seeks ev­i­dence of Lon­don flats trans­fer

The Miracle - - Pakistan -

Ques­tion­ing the court pro­ceed­ing to­day, the coun­sel of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif sons, Sal­man Akram Raja said it’s im­pos­si­ble now to present 45-years-old record be­fore the court.Can the bench reach a de­ci­sion with­out in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mat­ter, he asked. A five-mem­ber larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Jus­tice Asif Saeed Khosa re­sumed hear­ing the Panama on Wed­nes­day The hear­ing had been put on hold for a few days due to Jus­tice Az­mat Saeed’s health con­di­tion who is part of the Supreme Court bench hear­ing the Panama Leaks case. Jus­tice Az­mat Saeed was re­cov­er­ing from an an­gio­plasty. Dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings to­day, coun­sel for Has­san and Hus­sain Nawaz, Sal­man Akram Raja, con­tin­ued his ar­gu­ments. He be­gan with wish­ing Jus­tice Az­mat Saeed good health. He said that the Panama case had three as­pects; the Prime Min­is­ter’s speech, of­fi­cial records, and steps taken by the Prime Min­is­ter. In the last hear­ing on Jan­uary 31, many ques­tions were put to Has­san and Hus­sain Nawaz’s coun­sel re­gard­ing the Lon­don flats. Who owned the prop­er­ties from 1993 to 1996? Where did the in­vest­ment for the Lon­don flats come from? How did the Sharif fam­ily chil­dren main­tain res­i­dence at the prop­erty? In the pro­ceed­ings to­day, Sal­man Akram Raja tried to ad­dress them. He ar­gued that in 1999 when the Sharif fam­ily was in ex­ile it faced trauma and lost sev­eral of­fi­cial records. “It is not pos­si­ble to present 45-year-old records,” he said. He said that there was no charge against the Prime Min­is­ter and ac­tion against his chil­dren was not pos­si­ble. He added that the is­sue could be sent to agen­cies for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Sal­manSl AkAkram RRa­jaj added­ddd ththatt ththe plain­tiffli­tiffffffffffff hhadd ac­cusedd ththe Prime Min­is­ter of ac­quir­ing the flat through il­le­gal money. He said that the Sharif fam­ily did not own the Lon­don flats in 1999. Be­tween 1993 and 1996 they were owned by the Al-Thani fam­ily, and in Jan­uary 2006 they were trans­ferred to Hus­sain Nawaz. In July the cer­tifi­cates were trans­ferred to the Min­erva firm. On this, Ju­tice Az­mat Saeed sought ev­i­dences of prop­erty trans­fer to Shar­ifs. Where are the proofs, he asked from the coun­sel. Re­spond­ing to an­other query re­gard­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by for­mer in­te­rior min­is­ter Rehman Ma­lik into fi­nan­cial mat­ters Sharif Fam­ily, Sal­man Raja said the min­is­ter con­ducted in­quiry in his per­sonal ca­pac­ity while was sus­pended from the of­fice and leaked it to me­dia, adding that the said re­port has no le­gal value as well. Later,.

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