Panama Leak: Qatari prince comes to Nawaz Sharif's rescue

Updated: Nov 16, 2016, 11:07 IST | Agencies

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday submitted in the Supreme Court the details of his assets, which included a letter by a Qatari prince who provided funds for purchase of controversial properties in London, which are now owned by Sharif’s children

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday submitted in the Supreme Court the details of his assets, which included a letter by a Qatari prince who provided funds for purchase of controversial properties in London, which are now owned by Sharif’s children. Sharif and his daughter Maryam submitted a 397-page document detailing their assets.

The most interesting document given to the court is the letter from Qatari prince Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Muhammed Al Thani, stating that he gave money to the premier’s family for the purchase of flats in London.

Sharif’s children’s counsel Akram Sheikh submitted the letter addressed to the apex court. It says that Sharif in 1980 invested 12 million Dirhams in the Al Thani company belonging to the Qatari prince’s father.

“In 2006, the accounts in relation to the above investment were settled between Hussain Nawaz Sharif and Al Thani family, who then delivered the bearer shares of the companies... to a representative of Hussain Nawaz Sharif (Sharif’s son),” the letter read.

The letter immediately got a terse response from one of the five judges hearing the case, who observed that the letter contradicts Sharif’s statement in parliament this year when he did not disclose the source of money or that he got it from a Qatari company.

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