Imran Khan: These BVI FIA documents conclusively prove Maryam Nawaz as the beneficial owner of the companies that own the Mayfair apartments worth billions of rupees.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s latest tweets about some old financial documents have renewed the war of words between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) and the PTI over the Avenfield properties reference.
The PTI chairman tweeted about the documents two days after the accountability court of Islamabad recorded the evidence of star prosecution witness in the reference, Wajid Zia, and fixed March 15 for the next hearing when he would be cross-examined.
Zia headed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) comprising officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), and National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which had been constituted by the Supreme Court to probe Panama Papers allegations against the Sharif family.
The JIT submitted its report on July 10, 2017 to the court, which disqualified the then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif with a directive to the NAB to file three references against him and one against the then-finance minister Ishaq Dar.
Khan on Saturday posted a document of July 4, 2017 of the Financial Investigation Agency of British Virgin Island (BVI) that the JIT had submitted to the court along with its report, and tweeted: “These BVI FIA documents conclusively prove Maryam Nawaz beneficial owner of the companies that own the Mayfair apartments worth billions of rupees. As she had no source of income, the money was stolen from Pakistan and laundered by Nawaz Sharif in Maryam’s name.”
The other documents tweeted by the PTI chief were the letters of Mossac Fonesca, the Panamanian law firm, dated June 22, 2012.
Maryam Safdar (Maryam Nawaz’s married name) was the beneficial owner of the offshore companies which owned the London properties, Khan said, adding that the documents “expose the lies of the Sharifs”.
In yet another tweet, Mr Khan referred to an interview aired on a private television on November 8, 2011 and commented: “Brazen lies of Maryam Nawaz simply to protect family properties because they were acquired with corruption money.”
Responding to the allegations, State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marryium Aurangzeb said it appeared that the PTI chairman “suffered from Maryam Nawaz phobia”.
“These tweets reflected Imran Khan’s Maryam Nawaz phobia,” she added.
Perhaps this was the reason, the state minister said, the PTI chief tweeted about these (old) documents without even noticing the dates of the respective letters.
She added that the star witness, Wajiz Zia, who had already testified before the court, would be cross-examined next week.
“Zia doesn’t know what he will face during the upcoming cross-examination,” Aurangzeb added.
Regarding the documents tweeted by Khan, the state minister said: “These letters have already been examined by the JIT and NAB during the course of investigation. Pakistanis know the truth.”
She said that Zia had already admitted before the accountability court that Volume X of the JIT report had become irrelevant.
Countering Aurangzeb’s response, PTI information secretary Fawad Chaudhry tweeted his recorded statement.
He called Maryam Nawaz “a liar” and the state minister “her staff officer”.
Chaudhry said that people have been waiting for the evidence for a long time.
“In case the Sharif family fails to bring any evidence in their defence, they will land in Adiala Jail,” he said.
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