The expelled Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif denied ownership of the properties and told the court that he had no information about any transactions for the acquisition of the properties.
He said it while recording his statement in the Avenfield reference before the accountability court in Islamabad on Monday,
The ousted prime minister, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law retired Captain Muhammad Safdar, had been asked to record their final statements in their defence under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code and to produce, on record, anything contradicting the statements of 19 prosecution witnesses in the case, Pakistan’s national daily ‘Dawn’ reported.
Nawaz’s statement is a response to a questionnaire comprising 128 questions, which was handed to his lawyer by the accountability judge on May 16. According to the questionnaire, the court has asked Nawaz if he was the benami owner of Nescoll and Nielsen, the two offshore companies which were shown as having ownership of the Avenfield flats.
Testifying before the court, Nawaz said, “I was never involved in or associated with the acquisition of the London properties through any real or beneficial title.”
Regarding the money trail of the London properties, Nawaz said, “I have never been a participant in or eyewitness to any of the transactions mentioned in Tariq Shafi’s affidavit.”
Shafi, a relative of Nawaz, in his affidavit claimed that he deposited 12 million dirhams in cash with the Qatari ruling family following the sale of the Gulf Steel Mills in 1980.
In the affidavit dated January 20, 2017, which was also part of the concise statement submitted by Hussain Nawaz, Shafi stated that he had deposited the massive sum with Sheikh Fahad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani of Qatar, after receiving each instalment from Mohammad Abdullah Kayed Ahli.
During his testimony, Nawaz said he could not say anything about the documents his son Hussain had submitted in the apex court with regard to the London apartments.
Hussain is also accused in this case but has been absconding since the trial began. (UNI)