ISLAMABAD: The detailed judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding the Panama Leaks case contained a chart which highlighted the Prime Minister and other respondents’ contradictions with regard to the ownership of the London flats.
One of the contradictions mentioned in the chart were that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had claimed during his address to the nation on April 5, 2016 that proceeds from the sale of the Jeddah factory were used by his two sons for their new business.
However, it was pointed out in the judgment that Sharif’s sons had maintained that their investment with Al-Thani family of Qatar was the source of funds for Hassan Nawaz Sharif’s business. It was further pointed out that there was no mention by the premier regarding any investment in Qatar during his address to the nation as well as the subsequent settlement claimed by his children.
Quoting the Prime Minister’s speech in the parliament, the judgment cited how the Prime Minister had claimed in his speech that the Jeddah factory’s proceeds were used to purchase the London flats when earlier during his address to the nation, he had claimed that the proceeds from the same factory had been used by his sons for their new business.
The court further stated that the premier’s stance about the ‘purchase of the flats’ was not supported by his children and neither did he bring forth any evidence to support that claim. Then it also highlighted how Nawaz Sharif had failed to mention in his written response in court regarding the sales from Jeddah factory being the main source of his acquisition of the London properties (which he had earlier claimed in his National Assembly speech).
The judgement further also pointed out in reference of Hassan Nawaz’s interview from BBC’s show Hard Talk from November 1999 in which he had claimed that he was living on rent in the London flats and had denied ownership. The judgment stated how this was in conflict with his mother Kulsoom Nawaz’s interview with The Guardian newspaper in which she had stated that the flats had been purchased because the children were studying in London.
This was also in conflict and contradiction with Nawaz Sharif’s statements who had never admitted to taking the flats on rent. Maryam Nawaz’s statement was also quoted from 2011 in which she denied that she and any of her brothers were owners of any property. However, the judgment pointed out that she had stated in her response to the Supreme Court that her brother Hussain Nawaz Sharif was the owner of the four London flats since 2006 while she was a trustee of those properties for the same brother.
Story first published: 20th April 2017