ISLAMABAD: The counsel for Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, Salman Akram Raja during the hearing of the Panama Leaks case, resumed his argument "It is not possible to present 45-year-old records as in 1999 when the Sharif family was in exile it faced trauma and lost several official records.
Justice Ijaz Afzal a member of the larger bench remarked, during the hearing of the Panama Leaks case, that not any party was bringing to fore the truth and asked who will provide reliable documents as petitioner has expressed his inability to give the documents.
A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice Ijaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Shaikh Azmat and Justice Ijaz ul Hassan headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa resumed hearing the Panama Leaks case on Wednesday.
The hearing had been put on hold for a few days due to Justice Azmat Saeed's health condition that is part of the Supreme Court bench hearing the Panama Leaks case.
Justice Ijazul Hassan, a member of the larger bench hearing Panama Papers case, stated that Sharif family should present facts before the public.
Who is owner of offshore companies, this is the real question, he observed.
Earlier, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh asked Salman Akram Raja about the documents to establish Hussain Nawaz as owner of London flats.
“Where the document which could show Hussain Nawaz is the beneficial owner of Landon flats?” asked the judge.
The apex court judge also asked the counsel to provide Hussain Nawaz’s agreement with Minerva Financial Services Limited, a company which the premier’s family claims is a service provider to Nielsen and Nescoll offshore companies owned by the premier’s son.
Meanwhile, head of the five-member bench Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said that this is the stage which will make or break the Panama Papers case.
During the proceedings, counsel for Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, Salman Akram Raja, continued his arguments.
He began with wishing Justice Azmat Saeed good health. He said that the Panama case had three aspects; the Prime Minister's speech, official records, and steps taken by the Prime Minister.
In the last hearing on January 31, many questions were put to Hassan and Hussain Nawaz’s counsel regarding the London flats.
Who owned the properties from 1993 to 1996? Where did the investment for the London flats come from? How did the Sharif family children maintain residence at the property? In the proceedings, Salman Akram Raja tried to address them.
He said that there was no charge against the Prime Minister and action against his children was not possible. He added that the issue could be sent to agencies for investigation.
Answering questions over money trail for the London flats, he argued that his client Hussain Nawaz had purchased them through money obtained from his grandfather's business.
Salman Akram Raja added that the plaintiff had accused the Prime Minister of acquiring the flat through illegal money.
He said that the Sharif family did not own the London flats in 1999. Between 1993 and 1996 they were owned by the Al-Thani family, and in January 2006 they were transferred to Hussain Nawaz. In July the certificates were transferred to the Minerva firm.
Referring to an investigation report by former interior minister Rehman Malik over the flats, he said, that it was conducted in his personal capacity while he had been suspended from his office. "Rehman Malik had sent a copy of the report to the President and revealed it to media. But the report has no legal standing," he said, adding that it had earlier been rejected by the Lahore High Court.
The hearing has been adjourned till February 16 (Thursday).