Sharif family submits another Qatari letter asSC resumes hearing of Panama pleas

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Accountability resumes hearing of references against Sharif family

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has resumed hearing a slew of petitions seeking a probe into Panama Leaks here on Thursday.
Maryam Nawaz’s counsel Shahid Hamid is arguing before the larger bench, refuting any link of offshore firms and London flats to Maryam Nawaz Sharif.
The Sharif family submitted another letter frm Qatari prince in response to the questions posed after the first letter.
The second letter contains profile of Qatari prince Hammad Bin Jasim Al-Thani and states that Mian Shareef made an investment of Rs. 12 million in 1980 and the investments was in the form of cash.
It also suggests that the Sharif family set up Dubai steel mills after financial support from banks and Dubai government.
An amount of $8 million which was due to Mian Sharif, was settled ‘by the way of delivery to a representative of PM Nawaz’s son Hussain Nawaz in 2006’ said the reply submitted by Salman Akram Raja.
An affidavit by Tariq Shafi outlining how the AED 12 million were deposited with Mr. Fahad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani of Qatar on instructions of his uncle Mian Muhammad Sharif was also presneted.
Meanwhile, the counsel for Hassan and Hussain Nawaz submitted their replies before the Supreme Court.
Hassan Nawaz in his reply claimed that he set up Flagship investment company in 2001.
On the other hand, Hussain claimed that he completed his education in the UK in 1996 and was involved in father’s business till October 1999 in Pakistan.
On the other hand, Shahid Hamid kicked off his arguments by expressing that there was no clear cut definition for ‘dependence’. He maintained that elderly and unemployed people can be included in the definition of dependents.
He also submitted an interview of Maryam Nawaz before the larger bench and claimed that any married woman living with her parents would be considered in the domain of dependency.
Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan remarked that in 2011 tax returns Maryam Nawaz was clearly represented as a dependent.
Shahid went on and asserted that any unmarried woman would be dependent if she had no source of income.
He reiterated that the issue of dependency could only be dealt case to case.
Justice Aijaz Afzal said that the NAB laws also failed to define dependency issue.
Justice Asif Khosa while pressing further regarding dependency observed that for a well-established business family, a single person is the strongest one.
He inquired whether the apex court couls summon that particular strongest man regarding the Panama case.
Meanwhile the apex court asked Sharif family to present details regarding the exchange of gifts.
Counsel for prime minister Nawaz Sharif Makhdoom Ali Khan reiterated that Nawaz Sharif was not owner of any London flat under discussion before the larger bench.

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