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PM did not conceal asset details, lawyer tells SC

ISLAMABAD, JUL 19 (DNA) – Sharif family lawyer Khawaja Harris on Wednesday presented his arguments over Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report in Supreme Court (SC) and said that Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif did not conceal asset details.

A three-member SC bench comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan resumed the hearing of Panamagate during which Khawaja Harris said that PM declared all his assets as per law and if there was any, then JIT would have surely asked about it.

Getting benefit from any related person’s assets is not crime, he added.

Justice Azmat and Justice Ijazul Ahsan said the one grabbing the assets is also an accused.

Justice Ejaz Afzal said the actual case revolves around the Sharif family’s property made in 1990s as money trail of this era is unclear. Justice Ijaz remarked the bench didn’t get answer of how money was transferred to London from Saudi Arabia and Qatar to purchase the flats.

Without the answer of these questions the other queries are of secondary importance, Justice Ijaz added.He continued that the basic question is when and how London flats were purchased while Justice Azmat said that we know the definition of unnamed person over which the counsel argued that JIT also declared Nawaz Sharif not an owner of these flats.

The lawyer told the bench that PM’s daughter Maryam Nawaz was partner in Huddaibiya Paper Mills and that the premier had provided all the details of family’s joint assets. PM has no connection with any transition related to London flats, he added.

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