Panama Leaks: Sharif family submits another Qatari letter before SC

Panama Leaks: Sharif family submits another Qatari letter before SC

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, heard the Panama Leaks case on Thursday.

The counsel for Hasan and Hussain Nawaz submitted another letter from 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.

The letter is accompanied by transaction details and auditor’s reports regarding the Gulf Steel Mills in Dubai and the Azizia Steel Mills in Jeddah. It also suggests that the Sharif family set up Dubai steel mills after financial support from banks and Dubai government.

During the proceeding of the case, the court asked Advocate Shahid Hamid, the Sharifs’ counsel, to provide dates of the gifts given by Hussain to Nawaz, Nawaz’s gift to Maryam Nawaz for purchase of 143 kanal land and Maryam’s gift to the PM. The top court also sought the complete record of the gift transactions from the Sharif family.

Earlier, the Qatari prince stated that his father had longstanding business relations with PM Nawaz’s father which were coordinated through the prince’s eldest brother. “As per my understanding at that time an aggregate sum of around 12 million dirhams was contributed by Mian Sharif, originating from the sale of business in Dubai, UAE,” it said.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan adjourned the hearing of the case till Friday.