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Panamagate hearing: SC orders NAB to submit Hudaibiya reference record on Dar's 'confession'

Updated Jan 27, 2017 02:44pm


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As the Panamagate case hearing resumed on Friday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's lawyer Shahid Hamid addressed allegations against his client pertaining to the Hudaibiya Paper Mills default reference investigated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Hamid stated the allegations against the defendant claim that Dar submitted a confessional statement regarding money laundering before the magistrate on April 25, 2000.

Allegations against Dar also claim he admitted to money laundering of $14.86 million, and opening two bank accounts under the names of Sikandar Masood Qazi and Talat Masood Qazi for Nawaz Sharif's brother, Hamid said.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed asked if Dar denied his confession, to which Hamid assented, saying that Dar had denied his statement completely.

Hamid read from Dar's confessional statement in court: "After the military coup, I was first kept under house arrest then was offered a position in that government in exchange for cooperation."

"I was made to sign a pre-written statement and then was arrested again."

"The army kept me captive till 2001, after which I told Rauf Klasra everything in a detailed interview and denied the statement that I was made to sign at the time," he finished.

After the statement was read, Justice Ejaz Afzal asserted that if the magistrate in front of whom the statement was read was unable to verify its authenticity, it would be no more than a piece of paper.

Hamid concurred, saying, "the statement is nothing more than a piece of paper."

At this Justice Asif Saeed Khosa intervened, saying the statement is not just a piece of paper but a part of evidence on which no action has been taken.

Justice Afzal wondered how the top court could have given such a verdict in a writ petition. Justice Khosa replied that the NAB reference had been discarded because the investigation was not conducted according to the law.

He added that the court had disposed of the case on the basis of technicalities.

NAB had made the same allegations in their case as the Federal Investigation Agency made in theirs, Hamid argued, adding that the court had already acquitted the defendants in a 1997 trial.

In 1997, the case against Dar was heard by a two-judge bench in an intra-court appeal which is ordinarily heard by a five-member bench, Justice Khosa remarked.

The 1992 protection law keeps the court from hearing a case in which the defendant has already been acquitted, Hamid replied.

Justice Khosa asked if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the premier and Ishaq Dar the minister for finance, to which Hamid replied that Dar was not the finance minister ─ or even an MNA ─ at the time.

The NAB chairman should have appealed in the Supreme Court in the case, Justice Ejaz Afzal observed, adding that the Supreme Court would have ordered a reinvestigation.

The NAB prosecutor general will be present in court to provide assistance with respect to Dar's case when the hearing resumes Monday, Justice Khosa said.

The apex court ordered that the NAB prosecutor general's record in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills reference regarding Dar's statement be submitted in court.

Justice Khosa posed a question in court directed towards the NAB prosecutor general, asking if Dar's acquittal before the court was conditional or unconditional, and whether the finance minister had been acquitted before he gave his statement or after.

Hamid responded that the statement had been recorded after Dar was acquitted, but he remained imprisoned from 1999 to 2000 even after his statement was recorded.

Khosa observed that Dar was not a suspect at the time his statement was recorded, adding that a person who is not guilty fights his case rather than accepting acquittal.

Earlier in the day, the prime minister's counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan requested the court for more time to produce documents pertaining to Mian Muhammad Sharif's will and the Sharif family's gifts.

Khan told the five-judge bench that he had informed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of the court's order to produce the necessary documents and requested time till Monday for submission of the documents.

Justice Khosa observed that although it was all over the media that Makhdoom Khan had not presented these details in court, he still needed time to submit them.

The PM's counsel reiterated that the defendant would provide the documents to court in some time.

The court conceded and gave Khan time till Monday to submit the documents.

Justice Khosa also said that the court would hear the case until the judges are fully satisfied.

The hearing has been adjourned till Monday.


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PakBH Jan 27, 2017 11:49am

Now everything is exposed. Delaying tactics of Corrupt Royal family will not stop us to ask justice till the end

Nasir Jan 27, 2017 12:59pm

Need more time because next letter from Qatar is either in draft or transit.....

BAXAR Jan 27, 2017 12:59pm

This is a problem. The good thing about a problem is that, if left unsolved for sometime, it disappears. The bad thing is that it disappears behind a bigger one. This one maybe the one behind which an unsolved smaller problem disappeared earlier. Wait for sometime, an even bigger one may appear, behind which this one will disappear. But there is a possibility that, it can expose the previous one that disappeared earlier behind this one. And so on and so forth.

Khanm Jan 27, 2017 12:56pm

Panamagate case: PM's counsel 'needs more time' to submit documents in course he has time till next election.who would dare to take away time from a sitting prime minister.

salman Jan 27, 2017 01:00pm

Weekend should be enough time to conjure up a will!

ASHFAQ KHAN (USA) Jan 27, 2017 01:05pm

And the Sahrifs continue their 3rd rated soap opera... TERRIBLE and SHAMEFUL describe it.

Clean Jan 27, 2017 01:11pm

Two days of time for a 12 year old document is not un heard of when it has taken two years and PTI is yet to provide its funding details to the election commission. Those who are sitting in glass houses should not cast stones. Let the courts decide.

Gaf Jan 27, 2017 01:34pm

@Clean what the hell has this Panama issues in SC currently being herd got to do with PTI funding.

Very low level of intelligence.

This is state if our country men. No wonder why rich and power get away with murder.

The end is near Jan 27, 2017 01:37pm

Yes, they need more time to prepare more fake documents. Plus a Book of Qattari letters is also being printed in printing press.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jan 27, 2017 01:42pm

No way.

Rizwan Jan 27, 2017 02:52pm

@Clean how is PTI connected to this?

a. Ali Jan 27, 2017 02:53pm

so, nothing will move forward. all clean guys.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jan 27, 2017 03:20pm

Great work honourable Supreme Court and its honourable judges. The entire nation is looking towards honourable Supreme Court for justice. It is about Pakistan's survival against corruption.

saqib Jan 27, 2017 03:25pm

@Clean Ithink we should not follow only news items. PTI submits audited records of its funding every year to the ECP. you can check it on PTI website as well as ECP records.

Imran Jan 27, 2017 03:59pm

@saqib please do not believe everything you hear from PTI. They have refused to provide these details to the election commission.

FarhanA hussain Jan 27, 2017 04:22pm

Well done SC!

Iftikhar Husain Jan 27, 2017 05:27pm

The SC is right to go deep into the case there are so many people involved but the truth will come out.

Hamaad Jan 27, 2017 07:05pm

The whole nation is looking up to SC to deliver justice, something the nation has not experienced in a very long time.

Goodfor them Jan 27, 2017 07:16pm

@BAXAR i get that one.

Goodfor them Jan 27, 2017 07:18pm

@PakBH Not quite everything, but it will be.

ali Jan 27, 2017 07:24pm

I wonder how much time is required to produce the will which is already there. Can anyone logically explain please.

Ghani K Jan 27, 2017 07:43pm

It is all in the family Dar is part of Sharifs. They cover each other. They will go to any extent to push every evidence of corruption under the rug. Every day court is discovering that another hand was in cookie jar. Nation is anxious to see that justice is done. Let us hope highest court of the land does not disappoint us.

POLITICS4mONEY Jan 27, 2017 07:52pm

Conflicting statements seem to reveal much more evidence than it was anticipated earlier. Finally, it seems to be heading towards a logical solution.

Houlbelat Jan 27, 2017 08:02pm

In this era of high-profile lawyers of obscene fee gatherings, there is nothing like voluntary disclosure of truth.

Shiraz Jan 27, 2017 08:03pm

@Clean ... this a typical N Supporter thinking .. We need to think as a nation on this issue... The whole defence of NS is beyond logic and 100% suspicious. Their defense statement is that this huge transaction happened on Cash. Money was given to Qatari Hatim Tai in form of Cash for invest who tripled money over decades. Finally , in liu of that tripled money , bearer certificates of two companies ( again no transactional proof as these were just like Prize bonds) were handed over to Hussain Nawaz in 2006 who then bought London Famous Flats.

So whole story is created in such a way that no one can challenge it as everything was claimed on Cash but people of Pakistan are not fool to understand the fact that whole story is fabricated and supported by Letters only ( instead of Bank transactions)

layman Jan 27, 2017 09:22pm

After realizing delaying tactics the court may issue interim order,and disqualify PM untill case finally decided.2o crore people of Pakistan are daily following the court proceedings of this historic case. Come what may the verdict of this. historic case will set a guiding precedent for the courts and future governments to follow rule of law,or face humiliations at home & abroad. So far so good the proceedings are in progress at an appropriate speed,and people of Pakistan have GREAT EXPECTATIONS from SC.

M Akram Jan 27, 2017 10:40pm

PML-N leaders are corrupt to the core and all have fingers in the pie. Let us all hope and pray that the SC delivers justice.

Hopeful Jan 28, 2017 12:10am

@salman It should be Registered and backdated.

Hopeful Jan 28, 2017 12:17am

@Iftikhar Husain Are you sure?

layman Jan 28, 2017 03:16am

Attitude changing even in NA the speaker willing to resign. NAB will give statement in free atmosphere. Dar will speak truth. Let's wait for SC verdict.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Jan 28, 2017 03:49am

PMLN/PPP Both Rule Pakistan many times and look at the State of Pakistan now. Both parties produced hundreds of millionaires and few few mega rich Billionaires in dollar terms. They gotta go now, no more PPP/PMLN two sides of the of same corruption coin. Long Live Pakistan.

On-Point Jan 28, 2017 06:37am

Questioning NAB on Dar's statement is good deep thinking of the court. The courts effort must be applauded for being in depth and detailed.

Dar's statement should be viewed under its content. If the content, account details, individuals mentioned etc in his statement are existing in reality then denying would be lying. If elements of the statement were fabricated by Dar then it could said to be a statement made under pressure.

It's important to remember that eventually truth prevails.

Gerry D'Cunha Jan 28, 2017 07:59pm

All sailing in the same boat and will safely land at the shore.