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Material against Maryam, Safdar collected by ISI, reveals JIT head Wajiz Zia

09:03 AM | 13 Apr, 2018
Material against Maryam, Safdar collected by ISI, reveals JIT head Wajiz Zia
ISLAMABAD - The head of the six-member joint investigation team (JIT) constituted in the Panama Papers case, Wajid Zia admitted before the court that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was employed to procure key material against Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, and her husband retired Captain Mohammad Safdar.

During the hearing of the Avenfield reference by Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir on Thursday, the JIT head was asked by defence counsel Amjad Pervez about how the JIT had delivered the trust deeds and other documents signed by Maryam Nawaz, Mr Safdar and others.

"We utilised the services of Brigadier Noman Saeed [of ISI] to deliver the relevant material to Robert W. Radley," replied Zia.

The defence counsel then asked Mr Zia whether it was possible for him to hire the services of Mr Radley directly citing that under the Supreme Court order of May 5, 2017, every state institution was bound to extend assistance to the JIT.

Upon this, Mr Zia admitted that Mr Radley could have been hired directly through Pakistan’s High Commission in London.

Mr Pervez then asked him why the JIT felt the need for engaging the law firm of his cousin Akhtar Riaz Raja, Quist Solicitor.

The star witness kept mum for a while when lead prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi interfered and said the Supreme Court had allowed the JIT to hire experts.

Wajid Zia - the assistant director of Federal Investigation Agency -  then replied that because the investigation team was time-strapped, the law firm was hired to save time.

In response to a question, Mr Zia said that his cousin Mr Raja had called him to congratulate him on his appointment as head of JIT of a high-profile case.

After this, Mr Pervez asked whether anyone ever called you upon such an assignment in the past?”

Zia again remained quiet for some time before prosecutor Abbasi said it was routine to receive best wishes from relatives on such occasions.

The interference irked the defence counsel who complained to Judge Mohammad Bashir that the prosecution was “depriving the accused of their legitimate right to fair trial”.

Earlier the lead defence counsel had alleged that prosecutor Abbasi had met forensic expert Robert Radley in the UK 'to influence his testimony', which was a flagrant contradiction of legal boundaries.

Advocate Pervez argued that the JIT collected the forensic record and other material related to the trust deeds in violation of the relevant provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Let it be known that on April 4, the JIT head had testified that evidence related to the Capital FZE, which became a smoking gun for the top court to disqualify Nawaz Sharif, had been collected by two members of the probe team, Brigadier Kamran Khurshid of the Military Intelligence (MI) and Irfan Naeem Mangi of the National Accountability Bureau in a single day.

The writer is a civil servant.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 23 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 23, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.25 for buying and 280.25 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.25 280.25
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.52 748.52
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.46 731.46
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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