PM’s children’s counsel seeks to file replies, raise objections

The counsel for Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s children in Panama Leaks case, Akram Sheikh, Wednesday filed an application before the Supreme Court with a plea to bring his stance on record for filing replies and raising appropriate objections during the adjudication of the matter. 

Earlier, Sheikh filed concise statements in the Supreme Court on behalf of Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz while placing a letter of Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former prime minister and foreign minister of Qatar, as an evidence of payments of a Mayfair flats in London from joint estate business of Sharif and Al Thani.

A five-member larger bench led by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Tuesday granted two days to both the parties to the case to examine all the documents of each other and after that the court will decide to use the option of forming a one-member commission, if deemed necessary.

On Wednesday, while filing application through Advocate on Record Syed Rafaqat Hussain Shah, the counsel for Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz refuted the allegations levelled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and others against his clients in the matter.

In his application, he said the controversy as raised in the matter is related to the allegation that Maryam Nawaz is the owner of Mayfair properties in Park Lane, London.

He added that consequently the petitioner seeks disqualification of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and his son-in-law Captain Muhammad Safdar (Retd) from being members of the National Assembly on grounds that the Prime Minister has not declared properties owned by Maryam Nawaz for purportedly being dependant of Nawaz Sharif and spouse of Captain Muhammad Safdar (Retd) in his tax returns, as well as statement of assets and liabilities in the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The application maintained that Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz reserve their right to submit appropriate replies to each document/allegation and raise all appropriate objections with respect to the petitions in hand.

-Business Recorder