LONDON: Mian Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz has said that Sir Anthony Evan’s judgment in the Broadsheet vs the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) case is a “clean chit” for the Sharif family since the judgment clearly states that Broadsheet hired Matrix Research Limited to investigate assets of the Sharif family but found nothing.
In a statement, Hussain Nawaz said that Matrix investigated Mian Nawaz Sharif and eight members of his family for a year – soon after the NAB signed a contract with Broadsheet – but in the end, nothing illegal was found.
Hussain Nawaz claimed that Sir Anthony’s judgment is a “clean chit” for the Sharif family whilst challenging the government of Pakistan to show proof of corruption or illegality in regards to the Sharif family before the UK government or any other government anywhere.
According to Hussain Nawaz, the fact that nothing was found in the UK during the Broadsheet probe or Panama investigations proved that foreign governments don’t believe the lies told on Pakistani media about Nawaz Sharif and his family.
On the other hand, Hussain Nawaz claimed that ministers and friends of PM Imran Khan are deep down in real corruption and there are proofs available of their corruption but there is no accountability for them.
He said that a minister of the Imran Khan cabinet (Fesal Vawda) owns 19 undeclared properties in London but there is no accountability for him and many others like him.
Hussain Nawaz referred to the Award dated 17.12.2018 given to Broadsheet by the UK judge, a forensic audit firm Stroz Friedberg (SF) was hired to conduct the forensic analysis of Pakistan’s JIT report.
Mr. Mark Bezant of FTI consulting and Yasir Dajani of the same firm were appointed by the NAB to comment on the SF forensic report which is essentially related to the Sharif family and from matters arising out of the report of JIT.
Mr. Bezant was instructed by NAB to consider and comment on the SF report, so his evidence was confined to matters relating to Sharif family, specifically the identification and valuation of the relevant assets. SF report resulted in identifying 76 items from the JIT report that were considered potentially recoverable assets of Sharif family, Hussain Nawaz said.
He said that the NAB representative contended that there were four items of double-counting totalling US $41M which SF report had not taken into account, further contending that liabilities of property-owning companies including mortgages were not taken into account.
Hussain Nawaz said that Mr. Bezant contended that the list of 76 items of property included funds no longer held by, or no longer recoverable from the Sharif family, affecting 69 of the 76 items in the SF report and as much as 98% of the total value.
He said that the NAB representative estimated that Broadsheet lost revenue was between $2.9M to $2.3 M.
Hussain Nawaz said: “The point is that NAB essentially and firstly contributed in the preparation of the JIT report, on one hand, focused to rocket the corruption mantra by escalating the assets of Sharif family in the JIT. But when the JIT report came in hands of Broadsheet making it part of a claim of potential hypothetical recovery from Sharifs to be paid by NAB on cancelling the contract, NAB representative disowned the 76 properties up to 90%.
“It shows what a bunch of lies the JIT report was and proved malafide and corruption of NAB,” Hussain Nawaz said.
He claimed that Nawaz Sharif was ousted on the basis of Iqama and not over corruption because nothing was found against him.