By: Tatheer-ul-Islam and Raza Haidery
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.
01:33pm: The hearing of the case has been adjourned till Tuesday (tomorrow).
01:31pm: The joint investigation team was not holding a trial against anybody. Use your words carefully, said Justice Ejaz Afzal.
01:29pm: We are not bound to follow the JIT report, said Justice Ejaz Afzal.
01:26pm: Justice Ejaz Afzal said that it was necessary to carry out investigation due to the nature of the accusations.
01:23pm: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer said that a reference cannot be filed against his clients on the basis of JIT’s report.
01:21pm: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer said that JIT’s report is not based on solid evidence and are against the law and truth.
01:20pm: Justice Ejaz Afzal told Khawaja Haris to keep his arguments limited to the issues so that the court and nation’s time is not wasted.
01:19pm: The JIT’s documents cannot be accepted as evidence in the case, Haris said.
01:17pm: He said that the probe committee broke the law while collecting documents for the investigation and also exceeded its mandate.
01:16pm: I would like to present requests infront of the court, Khawaja Haris said.
01:14pm: PM Sharif’s lawyer stated, “the first petition was filed seeking the copy of Volume 10 of the the JIT’s report while the second petition mentioned the objections against the inquiry committee”.
01:12pm: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris, in his arguments, said that that two petitions were filed regarding the joint investigation team.
01:05pm: In his closing remarks, Jamaat-e-Islami lawyer Taufiq Asif stated that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is no longer Sadiq and Ameen and fingers can be pointed towards him.
01:01pm: Justice Aijaz-ul-Ahsaan said that whole Pakistan has come to know the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
12:59pm: Justice Ejaz Afzal said, “Even we have read the report. We are asking for your arguments.”
12:57pm: The JI lawyer said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refused to recognize “uncle”, according to JIT
12:55pm: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), in his arguments, lawyer Taufiq Asif said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif according to JIT.
12:51pm: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Naeem Bukhari pleaded the court to summon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the case.
12:43pm: PTI lawyer Naeem Bukhari, in his closing arguments, said that Sharif family has failed to defend itself in the case.
12:41pm: Justice Ejaz Afzal said that the difference will be made only when Maryam Nawaz is proved dependant on her father.
12:38pm: PTI counsel Naeem Bukhari said that that the Sharif family presented false documents. He also said that a criminal case can be filed against them over committing the act.
12:38pm: Naeem Bukhari said that JIT’s documents were provided after legal consultation.
12:36pm: ‘How can documents be considered authentic without knowing its sources,’ Justice Ejaz Afzal asked.
12:36pm: ‘Where are the sources of the JIT’s documents?’ Justice Afzal asked.
12:34pm: The PTI lawyer said that assets of Ishaq Dar was much valuable than his income.
12:24pm: Naeem Bukhari also said that the joint investigation team also reviewed all assets of Sharif family, captain (retd.) Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
12:23pm: ‘It is still unknown as to where the probe is headed,’ Naeem Bukhari said.
12:22pm: Naeem Bukhari said that it was written that investigation is still underway in nine of those case.
12:21pm: Naeem Bukhari said that cases are pending against Sharif family since 1991.
12:04pm: Justice Ejaz Afzal said that two members, out of the five-member benchof the Supreme Court hearing the Panamagate Case, decided Prime Minister to step down while three of them formed the Joint Investigation Team.
12:03pm: The loss of the two companies is over 10 million pounds.
12:02pm: Naeem Bukhari also said JIT reported that the Britain-based companies were at a loss.
12:02pm: Naeem Bukhari said that JIT said that that Hassan Nawaz did not have sufficient money to set up a business.
12:01pm: Justice Aijaz-ul-Ahsaan asked whether the investigation team has told whether Hassan Nawaz’s income from.
12:01pm: Naeem Bukhari said that the Hassan Nawaz failed to mention his source of income and the joint investigation team also reviewed the funds which were transferred.
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-Ahsaan 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.
Story first published: 17th July 2017