PTI, JI failed to provide proof in Panama Papers case: Dr Musadiq Malik

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APP48-23 ISLAMABAD: January 23 – Special Assistant to PM Dr. Musadik Malik and Daniyal Aziz, MNA addressing a press conference. APP photo by Irfan Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, Jan 23 (APP): Spokesman to Prime Minister Dr Musadiq Malik on Monday said the lawyers of Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) had failed to prove direct or indirect connection of the prime minister with the London apartments during three weeks of hearings of Panama Papers case in Supreme Court.
Speaking at a press conference here along with member National Assembly Pakistan Muslim League (N) Daniyal Aziz, he said the court repeatedly asked the lawyers of Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI to give a single piece of evidence about connection of Prime Minister with London flats, but they failed to do so.
He said as it did in case of election rigging, the PTI came with “truckload of evidence” but the result was nil.
Supreme Court asked for a positive evidence as newspaper clippings, excerpts from books and assumptions could not be admitted in court as a proof, he explained.
He said the reports of BBC and the German magazine supported the Sharif family’s viewpoint in the court.
According to the documents, Nescoll and Nielsen owned the flats till 2006, and later the ownership of the properties were transferred from Qatari family to Hussain Nawaz, he said.
There was nothing new in the documents mentioned in the report of the German magazine, he added.
Dr Musadiq said Maryam Nawaz was only the authorized agent and not the beneficial owner of the London flats and signed a trust deed with her brother Hussain Nawaz in early 2006.
On one of the documents, signatures of Maryam Nawaz were forged, he noted.
He said Supreme Court was provided the documents related to the properties.
Dr Musadiq said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not made any misstatement in his speeches and provided the money trail for the gifts exchanged with his children, adding no taxes were evaded during the transactions.
He said Supreme Court acknowledged the support given by the prime minister’s counsel, Makhdoom Ali Khan during hearing of the case.
Daniyal Aziz said in a recent hearing, Imran Khan apologised to the
Election Commission to save himself from the contempt of court proceedings.
Imran Khan so far had not provided the money trail to the Election Commission for the foreign funds obtained by PTI in the past years, he added.
He said Imran Khan should provide the money trail and submit himself for investigation of his finances.
Imran Khan and Jehangir Tareen were trying to get stay orders from the courts to hide their malpractices, he added.
Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan in his order stated that Imran Khan committed blatant disregard of the constitutional institutions and used filthy language.
No civilized person was expected to malign constitutional institutions, the CEC order added.
Daniyal Aziz said Imran Khan was consistently lying and his attitude
was detrimental to the country’s economy.
Imran Khan also refused to appear before the Lahore High Court 44 times in the case in which he accused Najam Sethi for “35 punctures,” he mentioned.
He asked media to visit website of United States Justice Department which gave details of funds generated by Imran Khan from the US cities.
According to account entries on the website, PTI collected money from anonymous donors in the past few years and used it for political activity and sit ins, Daniyal Aziz added.
He said the PTI would be dissolved on charges of receiving foreign funding according to election laws of the country.