LAHORE, May 6: Senator Rehman Malik of the PPP presented the media on Monday documentary ‘proof’ of the alleged money laundering by the Sharif brothers and said he had requested the Supreme Court to look into the matter.
“There have been 40 or so scams, including the money laundering and corruption committed by the Sharif brothers. I have written to the SC registrar for investigation into the billions of rupees of corruption as there is also a confessional statement of (PML-N leader) Ishaq Dar in this regard,” the former interior minister said at a press conference.
The PML-N’s Senator Pervaiz Rashid rejected the claim and said it was a propaganda against the PML-N leadership.
Mr Malik said the chief justice should take notice of the money laundering of the Sharif brothers to the UK and Saudi Arabia. He said the PPP might move the international court in this regard. He said the Sharifs should go to the apex court against him if they were innocent. “If I fail to prove the charges against them (Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif) I will quit politics,” he said.
He criticised the Election Commission (ECP) order for stopping an electronic media ad about a conversation between retired Justice Abdul Qayyum and Saifur Rehman. “When it comes to the PPP, the ECP does not play its impartial role,” he said, adding that when the Sharifs learnt that he (Malik) was bringing more video tapes against them they used their influence to stop them.
Accompanied by Faiza Malik and Omar Sharif Bokhari, Mr Malik said Ishaq Dar in his confessional statement in 2000 had revealed that he had laundered billions of rupees abroad on the orders of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.
He also provided details of fake accounts through which the Sharif brothers had laundered the money and the names of other people involved in the scam. He said the Sharifs should apologise to the nation for their ‘bad deeds’.
Rehman Malik said he had investigated the scams and if they had the courage they should prove him wrong in the court. “The Sharifs are threatening that after coming to power they will arrest me. But they cannot intimidate me,” he said.
Mr Malik said he had also written a letter to the defence ministry asking it to take action against the army officials named in the Asghar Khan case for their involvement in doling out funds to politicians in the 1990s, but to no avail. He alleged that the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad had been formed in 1990 to prevent the PPP from coming to power and now an alliance of militants had been formed for the same purpose.
Despite all odds, the PPP would win the elections and form the government, Mr Malik expressed the hope.
PML-N’s Pervaiz Rashid said when Rehman Malik was in the FIA he had instituted fake cases against the Sharif brothers. “These are false as neither the Musharraf government nor that of the PPP could prove anything against the PML-N leadership,” he said.
APP adds: Rehman Malik claimed that the documents proved that Qazi Masood said the Sharif brothers had fooled him and allegedly opened bogus accounts on his passport and details of misuse of Ghani Musa Trust were also available in the documents. “It is also in the documents that Ishaq Dar said he had done it because the Sharif brothers asked him to do so,” he added.