A five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali resumed the hearing of Panama Leaks case today (Wednesday).
The new legal team of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is presenting the case before the bench, after the party’s appointed lawyer and senior party leader, Hamid Khan, recused himself from representing the party in the Panama Leaks case taken up by the Supreme Court.
Veteran lawyer Naeem Bukhari who replaced Hamid Khan as PTI’s lead counsel, started off on a lighter note and told Justice Azmat Saeed, “It seems as today you will get angry at me.”
To which Justice Azmat said, “Please present your case. And do not flatter me.”
Bukhari said the prime minister lied in his address to the nation and was involved in tax evasion. The lawyer further said that the son of the prime minister does not have an NTN number and Maryam Nawaz is dependent on the prime minister. Maryam Nawaz is the beneficiary owner of London flats, Naeem Bukhari said, adding that the trust deed of Maryam and Hussain Nawaz does not prove anything.
He added that NAB failed to perform its duty and has been trying to save the prime minister. He called for action to be taken against NAB chairman.
Justice Ijaz ul Hassan said that according to documents submitted by the prime minister’s children, they invested 12 million Dirhams with the Qatar royal family.
He added there were discrepancies in the two speeches made by the prime minister and the documents submitted in the court.
Justice Khosa said that in the speech it was said that the investment was used by the prime minister’s children.
Jeddah factory comes under discussion
Bukhari said that a Jeddah factory was bought in 2007 and the London flats were bought before this.
Justice Azmat Saeed said that the documents submitted by the prime minister’s children only speak about the Dubai steel mill but do not mention where investment for the Jeddah Steel Mill came from. He said that the documents also don’t mention that the investment was used to purchase the London flats.
Naeem Bukhari asked if it had been mentioned that the loan had been taken from banks for the Jeddah factory.
“How did he get loan from Saudi banks?” Justice Ijaz ul Hassan asked. “How much was the Jeddah factory sold for?”
Bukhari said it has been stated that in June 2004 the factory was sold for $17 million. He added that the prime minister had said that he had submitted all documents in the court.
Justice Azmat Saeed said that the documents might be available everywhere but they have not been submitted in the court.
Bukhari said that the London flats were bought in 1992 and 1993.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said that these were the sources of income through which the London flats were bought. He added that in two different documents submitted by Tariq Shafiq there had been no similarities in the signatures.
Naeem Bukhari said that Shahbaz Sharif had forged Tariq Shafiq’s signature.
How did Tariq Shafiq transfer money to Qatar, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa asked.
Naeem Bukhari told the court that prime minister had lied and hid evidence, therefore he is neither Sadiq nor Ameen, and should be disqualified.