Live Updates: Supreme Court resumes Panama Implementation case

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ISLAMABAD: Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar have filed objection against the final report of the joint investigation team saying it transgressed its mandate. 

They also stated that interrogators behaved in a partial manner and pleaded with the court to discard the inquiry report.

They also requested the apex court to make the Volume 10 copy of the JIT available to them.

12:04pm: Justice Ejaz Afzal said that two members out of the five-member bench of the Supreme Court hearing the Panamagate Case decided Prime Minister to step down while three of them formed the Joint Investigation Team.

12:02pm: Naeem Bukhari also said JIT reported that the Britain-based companies were at a loss.

12:01pm: Naeem Bukhari replied that both were fake according to him.

12:00pm: Justice Ejaz Afzal asked whether Qatari prince’s letter is bogus or the story regarding it.

11:57am: Naeem Bukhari termed Qatari prince’s letter and worksheet as bogus

11:54am: Naeem Bukhari said that Hassan Nawaz had said that he was unaware of money being transferred to Britain before 2006.

11:53am: Naeem Bukhari said that there are contradictions between the statements of Hassan and Hussain Nawaz.

11:39am: Justice Ejaz Afzal said that they will open Volume 10 of the report when it is necessary.

11:36am: Naeem Bukhari said that the letters will be present in the Volume 10 of the JIT report

11:35am: Naeem Bukhari said that JIT wrote seven letters to the United Arab Emirates government and they replied to four of them.

11:33am: ‘If the documents came in reply to the JIT’s letter then it is alright,’ Justice Azmat said.

11:32am: Justice Sheikh Azmat asked Bukhari whether the documents were brought legally into the country on which the lawyer replied that it was upto the JIT to answer the question.

11:31am: Naeem Bukhari said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was 10,000 riyals and the documents of the company also contains his signatures.

11:29am: Justice Aijaz-ul-Ahsan said that records make it clear that he did not receive salary every month.

11:29am: ‘Records show that he got somewhat salary,’ Justice Ahsan.

11:28am: Justice Aijaz-ul-Ahsan asked if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took any salary.

11:26am: Naeem Bukhari said that Nawaz Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.

11:25am: Naeem Bukhari said, “According to Hassan Nawaz, FZE company was finished in 2014.”

11:24am: Justice Sheikh Azmat said that the documents of of FZE company were reports were received in reply to JIT’s letter.

11:01am: Naeem Bukhari replied the documents are not verified however, the JIT held them as correct.

He said Nawaz Sharif did not provide the sale deed of Azizia Steel Mills, adding the JIT also declared that Hill Metal was not established with the money acquired as result of sale of Azizia Steel Mills.

The JIT found out Azizia Steel Mills was sold in 42 million riyals, not in 63 million riyals, he added.

10:59am: “Are these documents verified?” questioned Justice Aijaz-ul-Ahsan.

10:57am: Meantime, the Saudi government did not respond to the letter seeking legal assistance, Naeem Bukhari said adding the JIT obtained some relevant documents with the help of a legal firm.

10:50am: Naeem Bukhari said there is no mention of Qatar family in the ruling of Hudaibiya Papers Mills case.

He said the JIT dispatched four letters to record the statement of Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani; however, he is absolutely indisposed to accept the jurisdiction of Pakistan’s court.

Naeem Bukhari said the Qatari prince also raised objection to the court’s jurisdiction.

“We did not raise the Hill Metal issue which came to the fore in the aftermath of the SC’s April 20 ruling,” he added.

10:45am: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed sdaid the original documents of Hudaibiya Papers Mills are sealed.

10:44am: Justice Ejaz Afzal further said the court will give its ruling in consonance with all the legal limits, adding Shehbaz Sharif’s statement can be examined under the clause-161 of criminal law.

10:35am: Justice Ejaz Afzal said Shehbaz Sharif appeared before the interrogators as a witness, adding Shehbaz Sharif’s statement can only be used to highlight the contradiction.

Naeem Bukhari said it was necessary to be trustee that Maryam Nawaz had bearer certificates adding the JIT declared trust deed as faked and the forensic experts also objected to the font of this trust deed.

Bukhari said the JIT revealed the font was not available in 2006 when the trust deed was made.

London flats are owned by Sharif family from the day one, Bukhari said adding the JIT also debunked the Qatari worksheet.

Bukhari said the JIT found out the London flats to be owned by Maryam Nawaz, adding the JIT did not find any mention of London flats in the hereditary distribution.

Bukhari said PM Nawaz did not mention Qatari capital in his address to the nation and in the National Assembly.

10:10am: Justice Ejaz Afzal said according to the JIT, there was no money for investment in Qatar.

10:00am: Naeem Bukhari said two of five-judge panel of the apex court ruled disqualification of PM Nawaz in April 20 verdict and three others ordered to form a JIT for further investigations.

The JIT in question has filed its final report at the behest of the court, Bukhari said adding now the court is all set to rule on this case in the light of this report.

Naeem Bukhari said it was claimed that Gulf Steel Mills was purchased in 33 million dirhams, adding the JIT held Tariq Shafi’s statement as misleading.

Bukhari said the JIT declared the agreement of April 14, 1990 as self-engineered, adding Tariq Shafi represented Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the agreement.

The JIT acquired legal assistance in the UAE, Bukhari said adding the contradictions were found in the statements by Tariq Shafi and Hussain Nawaz.

Later, Shehbaz Sharif distanced himself from the matter, Bukhari said adding the JIT held Qatari investment as a myth.

Bukhari said Gulf Steel Mills was not sold in 33 million dirham and Sharif family could not prove its stance regarding Gulf Steel Mills.

09:40am: The reply on the part of Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar filed in the apex court.

Dar’s counsel said his response consists of objections.

All parties in the case, including the members of Sharif family, are expected to attend final round of hearing.

A three-member SC bench led by Justice Ejaz Afzal will hear the petitions seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over charges of money laundering and corruption.

On the other hand, the ruling party is expected to file a petition in the apex court challenging the JIT report.

The JIT submitted its final investigation report in the court on July 10, recommending filing of a corruption case against the PM and his children.

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Story first published: 17th July 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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