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Is Qatari prince’s letter bogus, asks Justice Ejaz Afzal

ISLAMABAD -UNS – During the hearing over Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report in Supreme Court (SC), Justice Ejaz Afzal asked from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Naeem Bokhari whether former Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani’s letter is bogus or not.

Three-member bench of SC comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Hassan resumed hearing of the final phase of Panamagate case during which an argument over Qatari prince’s letter was taken place between SC judges and Naeem Bokhari.

Justice Ejaz asked the PTI lawyer whether the Qatari story narrated by Sharif family is self-made or its prince’s letter is bogus or not over which he said that both are false.

He said that record of the legal assistance from United Arab Emirates is present in report’s volume 10 after which Justice Ejaz said that the volume would be made public if needed.

Meanwhile, Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan said that the documents on which JIT relied for Hill Metal report were unverified.

Presenting his stance during the hearing, Naeem Bokhari said the team had found contradiction in the statements of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz and his cousin Tariq Shafi regarding Gulf Steel Mills issue.

The investigation committee had termed Tariq Shafi’s statement as fake, he continued.

Justice Azmat asked Bokhari about the source of Free Zone Establishment company’s (FZE) documents over which he said that they were received by legal assistance. He said the company had also issued Nawaz Sharif’s iqama.

Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan said that the duration of PM’s iqama expired in 2015 over which Naeem Bokhari said that Hassan Nawaz claimed the company was demolished in 2014.

He said that Sharif brothers failed to provide Jeddah Mills documents and Hill Metal audit report to the JIT.

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