By Sarmad Ali
(Pak Destiny) Qatari prince Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani’s refusal to oblige Hussain Nawaz in recording of his statement and submitting money trail to the Joint Investigation Team probing money laundering charges on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has once again showed that what ‘respect’ these Gulf leaders have for Pakistani leadership.
Thani was supposed to bail out his friends – Sharifs – but his big ego came in the way. He kept insisting the JIT to come to his house and bow before him. He refused to go to the Pakistani embassy for the purpose. Since Nnawaz Sharif always took sides to the Qatar royal family in an hour of need Thani should have also come forward for the Sharif family’s rescue in Pananma case.
Now the Sharif family and other Pakistanis must have realised that there can be no friendship between ‘the rich Shiekhs and poor Pakistanis’.
The Sharifs may have to pay heavy price for the ‘fake arrogance’ of the Qatari prince in Panama case.
Meanwhile, PPP has denounced the threat by the PML-N ministers to reject the JIT report if it failed to
record the evidence of the Qatari prince in the Panama Leaks case.
“From the very start the ruling family sought to run away from the JIT. The latest outbursts in unison by some federal ministers rejecting JIT even before it has finalized its report strengthens the perception the PML-N is hell bent to reject JIT report regardless of whether the Qatari prince appeared before the JIT or not”, said Senator Farhatullah Babar.
He said that as defence witness it was the responsibility of the respondents, in this case the ruling family, to produce the Qatari prince before the JIT and the Court.
The burden of not producing its witness before the investigation team or court will have to be borne by the ruling family and no one else, he said. The same principle was applied when the former Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gillani appeared before the Supreme Court in the case of writing letter to Swiss authorities against the President of the country.
The fuming and fulminating ministers of PML-N have made much of the JIT quizzing former military dictator General Pervez Musharaf at his residence in the treason case and that of Mark Seigal in Washington
through video conferencing in the Shaheed Benazir murder case.
This comparison however misses a fundamental point; Technically Musharraf was quizzed in jail as his residence was declared sub jail. Mark Seigal, on the other hand, recorded his statement through video conferences from the Pakistan Embassy in Washington and not from his home, the Spokesperson said.
“If the Qatari prince wishes to record statement through video conference he has to do so from Pakistan embassy in Doha and it is the responsibility of the respondents to ensure that he does so” Babar said. – Pak Destiny