Sharifs submitted forged documents in Avenfield reference: Wajid Zia

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Islamabad

The head of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and prosecution witness, Wajid Zia on Monday said told the accountability court that the Sharif family had submitted forged documents including documents of funds for business, in the Avenfield reference.

The Islamabad accountability court headed by Judge Muhammad Bashir took up the Al-Azizia Steel Mill reference for hearing on Monday.

Wajid Zia told the court that Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz submitted forged documents to the investigation team during the interrogation.

The JIT chief also said that the amount obtained from the Gulf Steel Mill was never sent to Jeddah, Qatar or Britain.

During the hearing, the JIT head while recording his statement said that Hussain, in his statement to the JIT, stated that the machinery of Gulf Steel mills in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was shifted to Jeddah in 50- 60 trucks and that the same machinery was installed in Al-Azizia Steel mills.

The JIT had written a letter to the concerned UAE authorities to confirm the Sharif family’s claims pertaining to the selling of the Gulf Steel Mill.

UAE termed the selling of 25 per cent of Gulf Steel Mills shares erroneous, Zia added. Moreover, no record of AED12 million transaction with the selling of the mill could be found and no record of the 1980 agreement notarization could also be found either. Even the Central Bank of Dubai has no record of a payment of AED13 million by Ahli Steel to Tariq Shafi. The UAE informed that during 2001 and 2002, no scrap machinery through trucks was sent of Ahli Steel from Dubai to Jeddah, the JIT head further said.

Zia further stated that Tariq Shafiq, Nawaz’s cousin, took more loans by opening a new bank account in 1986-87. The opening of a new bank account in 1986 shows that all the dues are settled. UAE has issued written punishment orders for Shafiq, as he is a defaulter.

Zia, during the hearing, informed that the JIT, in light of the documents, reached the conclusion that the amount procured from Gulf Steel never reached Jeddah, Qatar and Britain. All the documents submitted for the Avenfield apartments, including funds for all the other business are forged.

Moreover, Hussain’s claim of Ali Steel Mills scrap details also turned out to be false. He gave a wrong statement pertaining to the carrying away of the machinery, said Zia. News Desk

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