ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday said that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), probing money trail of the Sharif family’s offshore properties, should have first recorded the statement of Qatari Prince Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim before reaching to any conclusion.
In a statement, she said if former president Pervez Musharraf’s views could be recorded at his residence then what was the problem in going to Qatar to record the statement of Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim.
The minister of state said that allegations leveled in the Panama Leaks case would become irrelevant and worthless if Jasim’s statement was recorded.
The investigation team has reportedly dispatched its third consecutive letter to the Qatari prince seeking to record his statement, sources said.
The letter stipulates verification of the two letters sent by Prince Hamad bin Jassim during the case proceedings. Over non-compliance of the top court’s orders, the Qatari prince could be summoned before the relevant court, the letter said.
It further states that on failure to record his statement, the previous letters of Qatari prince would lose their relevance with regard to the case.
Earlier this week, Hamad bin Jassim had refused to appear before the JIT asking the probing team to travel to Doha, capital city of Qatar, instead.
The prince had also refused to arrive at Qatar’s embassy in Pakistan, inviting the probing team to Doha instead for third time for the confirmation of his letters while maintaining his stance.
He contended that he could not be subjected to an investigation by Pakistani state institutions since he holds a foreign nationality. However, he asserted that he has written letters.
Previously in November last year, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has presented two letters by the Qatari prince in the Supreme Court of Pakistan to prove the money trail of London properties.