Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The elder son of prime minster Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday that evidences against Sharif family would have surfaced during the stint of former president Pervaiz Musharraf, if any.

Talking to newsmen after a four hours extensive interrogative session before the Joint Investigation Team, Hussain said that the assets of Sharif family were still the same as during Pervaiz Musharraf’s era.

He confirmed that the JIT has not yet summoned the prime minister Nawaz Sharif and added that he would reappear before the investigative team when summoned.

‘We as well as our witnesses remained behind bars for 14 months during Musharraf era’ said Hussain Nawaz.

The premier’s son noted that if he had to face any pressure during the trial, he would apprise masses and supreme court about it.

‘The facts regarding the plane hijacking case against Nawaz Sharif are also evident’ he added.

He expressed that London flats were not controversial and reaffirmed the narrative explained before the five-member bench during the proceedings of Panama case, in this regard.

Hussain Nawaz maintained that he would face accountability till the truth surfaces before the masses and the apex court and added that those who thought Sharif family would run away from accountability were ashamed.

He also lauded the media workers who gathered outside federal judicial academy under scorching sun for extensive coverage of the developments.

It bears mentioning that this was the fourth appearance of Hussain Nawaz before the Panama JIT investigating the offshore assets of ruling Sharif family in the backdrop of Panama case verdict.

Earlier, on Friday, the younger son of Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz made first appearance before the Joint Investigation Team but he avoided talking to media after the session.

Appearance Before JIT

For the first time, Hussain Nawaz appeared before the JIT on Sunday (May 28) at the federal judicial academy and faced a barrage of questions for over two hours.

He made his second appearance on Tuesday (May 30) where he was interrogated for hours. During the hearing, Hussain Nawaz was provided urgent medical care after his blood sugar level dropped following the hours-long interrogation.

For third time in five, Hussain Nawaz reached Federal Judicial Academy on Thursday (June 1) to appear before the probing team.

Hussain’s Views

Talking to media while leaving the judicial academy after second appearance, Hussain Nawaz said: “However, I decided to face the JIT and respond to all of their questions. I am confident that the investigation will prove our stance; that we have not done anything illegal,”

On third appearance, Nawaz said that he will appear before the investigation team whenever he will be called by the JIT.

“We have the same assets as we had during tenure of former president Pervez Musharraf,” Nawaz said, adding that fake cases were registered against them in Musharraf’s tenure.

Hassan Nawaz

PM’s younger son Hassan Nawaz on Friday (June 2) appeared before the JIT where he was grilled for seven hours.

Hassan Nawaz made appearance before the probing team after second notice. Earlier, he had been asked to appear on Wednesday (May 31) but he could not comply with the first notice. He had sought time for recording his statement due to legal complications.

Panama Verdict

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had announced the verdict of landmark Panama case on April 20, in which it ordered the formation of a Joint Investigation Team to probe offshore assets of Sharif family.

Representatives from Intra Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, State Bank of Pakistan, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and National Accountability Bureau are part of the team headed by Wajid Zia of Federal Investigation Agency.

In its judgement, the Supreme Court had also outlined the scope of the proposed JIT, which would probe how the Gulf Steel Mills in UAE came into being, what led to its sale, what happened to its liabilities, where did its sale proceeds end up, how did they reach Jeddah, Qatar and the UK, whether Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz in view of their ages at the time had the means to possess and purchase the flats, and whether the sudden appearance of the letters of Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani of the Qatar was a myth or a reality.

The court also asked how bearer shares translated into the four upscale flats in London, who was the real and beneficial owner of Nielsen Enterprises Limited and Nescoll Limited, how did Hill Metal Establishment come into existence, where did the money for Flagship Investment Limited and other companies set up or taken over by Hassan Nawaz and where did the working capital for such companies come from and where do the huge sums running into millions gifted by Hussain Nawaz to the prime minister drop in from, Dawn News reported.