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

Haider Ali 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.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on May 29, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 29, 2023 (Monday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 307.9 311.15
Euro EUR 330 333
UK Pound Sterling GBP 381 384.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 84.6 85.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 82.6 83.4
Australian Dollar AUD 201 203
Bahrain Dinar BHD 762.21 770.21
Canadian Dollar CAD 225.5 227.5
China Yuan CNY 40.6 41
Danish Krone DKK 41.39 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.6 36.95
Indian Rupee INR 3.47 3.58
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.20
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 932.2 941.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.42 63.02
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.98 178.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.14 26.44
Omani Riyal OMR 744.58 752.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.73 79.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 215 217
Swedish Korona SEK 26.73 27.03
Swiss Franc CHF 316.34 318.84
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 29 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 235,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs202,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Karachi PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Islamabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Peshawar PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Quetta PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sialkot PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Attock PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujranwala PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Jehlum PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Multan PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Bahawalpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujrat PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nawabshah PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Chakwal PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Hyderabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nowshehra PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sargodha PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Faisalabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Mirpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505


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