Feb 042017
Qatar not involved in Panamagate, says envoy

Qatar's ambassador to Pakistan, Saqr bin Mubarak Al Mansouri, has said the Qatari government is not involved in the Panamagate issue. Mansouri, in a short video clip released by Aaj News for their show Rubaru, added that Panamagate is an internal matter for Pakistan.'Fake letter' Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, in a series of tweets on Saturday following the release of the video clip, termed the letter by the Qatari royal as "fake"."Qatari government is embarrassed by this fake letter written by an acknowledged business partner of Sharifs," he claimed. Khan further claimed in his tweets that the letter from Sharif's business partner enabled him to clinch a Rs200 billion Port Qasim deal, among "other largess [sic]". The Qatari letters During hearings of the Panamagate case in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's counsel submitted two letters authored by Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, the emir of Qatar from 2007 to 2013, as evidence backing his claims The second letter was submitted on January 26 and like the first, which was submitted in court last November, was marked private, confidential and not to be disclosed to any party, except for the benefit of the courts of Pakistan.In the letter, Al-Thani said the premier's father, Mian Mohammad Sharif, made an investment of approximately 12 million dirhams in the Al-Thani family's real estate business.The second Qatari letter was also accompanied by transaction details and auditor's reports regarding the Gulf Steel Mills in Dubai and the Azizia [Read More…]

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