LAHORE: Accountability and Interior Advisor to Prime Minister Shahzad Akbar says the Sharif family has again been branded “liars” as it attempted to “spin” the verdict of the London High Court in the Broadsheet case in its favour and accepted it through tweets.
At a news conference here on Monday, Mr. Akbar argued that the situation was between the asset tracing firm Broadsheet and the government of Pakistan, in which the company was connected to the Avenfield apartment in a conditional charging order in June 2020.
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When, as agreed in an arrangement reached between the firm and NAB back in around 2000, the Broadsheet got its application for service charges, the company withdrew its charging order as it left no demand on the land,” he said.”
Soon after the Pakistan government cancelled the Broadsheet deal arguing that it could not help the government locate Pakistani ill-gotten money, the corporation entered into arbitration in 2009 claiming that it should be given 20 percent of the funds recovered and that the amount of reward was finally determined before the PTI government came into power.
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As the PTI appealed against the verdict, the owner of Broadsheet claimed that the government of Pakistan was showing interest in the apartment in Avenfield and secured a provisional charge order that the land could not be disposed of until the case reached its logical end. As the present government made payment in favour of Broadsheet against the claims and decision, he said the company withdrawn its charging order as it had left no claim on the land.
Without reading the verdict, the Sharif family and the PML-N employees began expressing jubilation and distributed sweets that the truth of the Avenfield apartment was revealed,” he said, adding that Broadsheet owner Kaveh Moussavi also referred to the claims of the Sharif family as a pack of complete lies. He also quoted Moussavi as saying that “the family of Sharif is trying to spin the facts.”
Mr Akbar said, “The PML-N narrative stands revealed that Nawaz Sharif was expelled from Iqama because he was removed for misuse of public office, corruption and money laundering.”
The PM’s advisor has now confirmed that the PTI government does not engage any private asset tracing business in London, but has entered into arrangements with official UK institutions such as the National Police Agency and the Home Department.
Asked about former finance minister Ishaq Dar, the adviser to the PM said he had knowledge about Dar visiting the London asylum office. The government will not become a defendant in any asylum proceedings, and the case will be determined on merit,” he said, adding that, however, the government had submitted its representation to the British government explaining cases requiring Dar to be extradited.” There is no verdict yet on Dar’s appeal for asylum, he said,
Mr Akbar said the government was seeking [it] through legal channels with respect to the extradition of Nawaz Sharif.