Sharifs might have been linked to London flats, says defence lawyer in Avenfield reference

04:45 PM | 29 Jun, 2018
Sharifs might have been linked to London flats, says defence lawyer in Avenfield reference
ISLAMABAD - Amjad Pervaiz, the defence counsel in the Avenfield reference, told the accountability court on Friday that the Sharif family might have been linked with the posh London flats at some time, however, Nawaz Sharif was never associated with the said property.

During the hearing of the reference filed against Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar by the National Accountability Bureau, the counsel presented prosecution witness Mazhar Raza Bangash's letter, questioning its authenticity.

"Bangash said he presented the record in a sealed envelope, however, NAB's star witness Zawar Manzoor has said that the envelope was not sealed," Pervez contended.

He argued that the documents submitted by Bangash were photocopied and thus could not be made part of the court's record as per Pakistan's Qanun-e-Shahadat Order, 1984 (Law of Evidence).

He told Judge Muhammad Bashir that it was to be seen if the verdict of Queen's bench was admissible evidence, adding that the summary of even that decision was not related to the indictment.

The defence lawyer also objected to the absence of Shezi Naqvi who had submitted an affidavit in the case.

He also objected to the report devised by Rehman Malik regarding the alleged money laundering and said it was not official and even the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had not accepted it.

Nawaz is neither the owner of the London flats and nor occupied them since 1993, he told the judge with confidence.

The court then summoned Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, who headed the six-member Panama case joint investigation team (JIT), on July 3 for the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.

As many as three references were filed against the members of former ruling family in line with the directives issued by the apex court.

Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references – Hill Metal establishment, London flats and offshore firms –  whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are named in the Avenfield reference only.

Hussain and Hassan Nawaz are UK-based and have been absconding since the proceedings began last year, however, the former premier has been showing up regularly before the court of judge Muhammad Bashir.

Currently, both Nawaz and Maryam are in London to tend to cancer-suffering Kulsoom Nawaz.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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