Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is the beneficiary of luxury flats in Mayfair area of London, PTI chief Imran Khan maintained on Tuesday.

“Maryam was beneficiary and the real owner of Nelson and Nescon,” said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman, after submitting fresh documentary evidence through lawyer Naeem Bukhari in the Supreme Court (SC) against the ruling Sharif family over its alleged involvement in the Panamagate scandal.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, Imran Khan said he will prove five points through the papers. “There was no trust which Hussain established and of which Maryam was trustee. In fact she was the real owner,” he added.

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Imran further alleged that the letter from a Qatari prince claiming the London flats were purchased through the settlement of accounts between his family’s company and the Sharif family was a ‘fraud’.

Earlier, the Sharif family submitted a letter from a Qatari prince claiming the flats were purchased through the settlement of accounts between his family’s company and the Sharif family.

The PTI chief also questioned where Maryam Nawaz got money from to purchase the London flats when she is her father’s beneficiary. “Nawaz Sharif has lied both on the assembly floor as well as in court. They don’t have any money trail to prove themselves,” Imran alleged.

According to Sharif family, on February 2, 2006, the premier’s daughter had signed a declaration with her brother Hussain Nawaz as a trustee in his two companies Nescol and Nielsen. Further, Maryam, in her reply before the SC, had also claimed that she was only a trustee and not a shareholder or beneficiary of the properties.

The Panama Papers are huge collections of classified documents leaked by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in April, 2016. The Papers revealed names of over 200 Pakistanis, including PM Nawaz’s children, who owned offshore companies in international tax havens.