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Government denounces Sharif for claiming the London affidavit prepared in his office

ISLAMABAD: Cabinet members censored Nawaz Sharif on Sunday after a report claimed that the notorious affidavit of a former Gilgit-Baltistan judge who accused the judiciary of bias against members of the Sharif family was prepared in the presence of the Fallen Prime Minister London.

Charles Guthrie, the London-based lawyer who notarized the affidavit of retired judge Rana Muhammad Shamim, said the document was notarized at an office in Stanhope Place in the British capital, L’Express Tribune reported.

Guthrie said the office was owned by Flagship Developments Limited, a company that also employs Sharif’s son Hasan Nawaz as a director.

Stanhope Place is the same building where the main leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), including Sharif, often hold their meetings.

According to the report, Guthrie said Sharif was also present when Shamim signed the affidavit and took the oath. When asked if the two “were quite comfortable when they were there [Sharif’s office]”Replied Guthrie:” Very […] Yeah.”

In response to the evolving situation, ministers and members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party saw the story as validation of their position that Shamim was taking orders from the top leadership of the PML-N.

In a tweet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: “The latest developments have once again exposed the Sharif family as the Sicilian Mafia and how, like a Mafia, they hold the power. to blackmail the courts and institutions. “

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib took a similar position. In a tweet, he recalled that the fact that retired judge Rana Muhammad Shamim remained an official of the Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had been admitted by his own son on television.

This confirmed that the document – which was prepared in London – was drafted in the presence of Sharif to attack the judiciary, the minister observed.

This is the reason why the court in a verdict against Sharif likened him to a “Sicilian mafia godfather,” Habib said.

“From the assault on SC to appeals to Judge Qayyum to this latest affidavit saga, it’s a repeated story of corruption on all fronts,” Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari tweeted.

The Sharif family “simply cannot go beyond trying to thwart justice by buying influence or physically attacking SC,” she added.

In November, Shamim opened Pandora’s Box claiming that former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar did not want Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz to be released on bail before the general election in July 2018.

The two were convicted in a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) reference linked to their ownership of four multi-million dollar London apartments weeks before the July 25 election. When their lawyers asked the High Court to stay the conviction, the case was adjourned until the last week of July.

Nisar had traveled to the mountainous region for a vacation in 2018, an affidavit Shamim allegedly signed in London said during a trip to the British capital last month.

On one occasion, the then Supreme Judge appeared “very disturbed” when speaking to the Supreme Court Clerk on the phone, asking him to contact a High Court judge.

Once able to contact the judge, Mr. Nisar ordered him that “Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Sharif must remain in prison until the end of the general elections. On the insurances on the other side, he [Nisar] became calm and happily asked for another cup of tea.

The other judge was not named in the affidavit.

Earlier this month, the government put Shamim on the Provisional National Identification List (PNIL), barring him from flying abroad.