ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday said the Qatari prince, who was the material witness for Sharif Family, was not considered by the Panama JIT despite the fact that he was seeking a questionnaire.
Talking to media outside the accountability court, the minister said that the Qatari prince kept on asking the Panama JIT to send the questionnaire to him for rendering answers, but the head of the JIT Wajid Zia used his discretion not to send it.
She said they were still trying to ferret out incriminating evidence against the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif even after sending him home on the basis of iqama.
The minister told media that Wajid Zia admitted before the court that the questionnaire could not be sent due to lack of consensus among the members of the JIT.
She posed a question as to what kind of JIT made decisions on the basis of consensus rather than following the law, pointing out that they could not agree on sending the questionnaire but had consensus on all other issues.
She said that the NAB prosecutors could not tell why the elected prime minister was disqualified adding even Wajid Zia who kept the key of the box in his pocket had to answer to it.
Marriyum said Nawaz Sharif was the first victimized of making Pakistan a nuclear power and was now being punished for bringing the CPEC.
The minister emphatically said that due to the efforts of the government and sacrifices offered by the people and state institutions, the backbone of the terrorists had been broken and those who had left the country due to terrorism were coming back.
Marriyum said that when the court asked the ‘star’ witness of NAB Wajid Zia about his experience, he claimed that he had 29 years’ experience in that kind of job. The minister revealed that when the lawyer of the Sharif family Khawaja Haris asked him which law prevented him from sending out the questionnaire to the Qatari prince as per his experience, he had no answer and instead lost his cool.
The minister observed that the NAB witness was also giving statements in favour of Nawaz Sharif. Referring to the entry of Wajid Zia in the court through the back door, she taunted that had he done something right and legitimate he would have come through the front gate.