ISLAMABAD: Former premier Nawaz Sharif on Thursday while recording his statement in the Al-Azizia reference distanced himself from Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani’s letters which the Sahrif family had presented as evidence in the Supreme Court during proceedings of the Panama case.
“I have no relation with the Qatari prince’s letters,” the former premier said while recording his statement for a second consecutive day before an accountability court in Islamabad. The Sharif family had submitted letters from the Qatari royal family before the Supreme Court last year.
Accountability court Judge Arshad Malik has been hearing the Al-Azizia reference against the former premier who has answered most of the 151 questions posed to him by the court in the corruption reference against him.
Responding to a question, Nawaz asserted, “I was not a part of any transaction in any capacity. My name has not been mentioned in any document.”
The former premier also raised reservations over the statements of Wajid Zia, prosecution’s star witness and Panamagate JIT head.
In response to another question, the former premier said, “The records of our business was seized after martial law was imposed in 1999. We filed complaints in this regard but no action was taken.”
“Judge Sb, this not only happened with us in 1999 but has always happened. It is a painful story of our family,” he added.