ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 26th Jan, 2017 ) : Privatization Minister Muhammad Zubair Thursday said three generations of the Sharif family were going through an unprecedented scrutiny in the Supreme Court in Panama papers case. Adressing a press conference along with Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N)'s Member National Assembly Daniyal Aziz, he said they were satisfied and their stand was rock solid. He said three generations of Sharif family provided evidence of 30 to 40 years, submitted all the income and wealth tax returns including those of the grandmother of Maryam Nawaz, bank statements and property documents.
The Sharif family had provided all the money trail, he said adding the documents had proved that Maryam Nawaz was not a beneficial owner but only a trustee of her brother's properties. The counsel for Maryam Nawaz had proved that she was not dependent on his father and had been paying her taxes, he said. Hussain Nawaz presented all details of businesses belonging to his grandfather Mian Muhammad Sharif and his financial affairs in London, he added.
PTI failed to take responsibility of the case for which they were shouting hoarse for the last nine months, he added. He said the Sharif family had also gone through scrutiny in 1980s and 2000s. The minister said the Sharif family did not ask for immunity on the basis of maintainability of petition and court's jurisdiction. He said no non-resident Pakistani had ever appeared before the court in Pakistan since 1947, but the prime minister's sons - Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz - have submitted themselves to the court.
He said nobody was liable to present evidence beyond seven years but the Sharif family despite difficulties collected all the documents for the court. The documents given to the court were properly signed, notarized, stamped and authenticated, he added. He said a PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry stated in a television programme that all the documents were downloaded by PTI and they were not responsible for them. Daniyal Aziz said Pakistan Tehreek i Insaf Secretary General Jehangir Tareen, his wife, sons and daughter exchanged gifts to the tune of Rs 1647 million during 2009-2013.
Each gift was worth millions of rupees, he added. He said Jehangir Tareen returned Rs 70 million on the orders of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) besides paying a fine of Rs 15 million. Tareen was trading shares in the Names of his cook and gardener, he added. He said Imran Khan was living in a house of 300 kanals and enjoying rides on the aeroplane provided by Jehangir Tareen. Daniyal Aziz said Imran Khan and Jehangir Tareen were trying to run away from courts proceedings by challenging their jurisdiction.
In his statement in a court, Imran Khan said that he would not disclose who was the beneficial owner of the Niazi Services Limited, the offshore company he set up in 1980s. The MNA said the chief election commissioner in his order stated that Imran Khan got involved in the filthy and uncivilized conduct and was damaging constitutional institutions. Imran Khan had wasted the nation's time by telling lies on issues of election results and Panama Papers, he added.