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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 5:46 PM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 5:46 PM (IST)

Sharif’s daughter Maryam cleared by Pak SC in Panama case

Sharif’s daughter Maryam cleared by Pak SC in Panama case
Maryam Nawaz (R) and her mother Kulsoom Nawaz, wave to supporters during an election campaign rally in Lahore. AFP file

Islamabad, April 21

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s media savvy daughter Maryam Sharif’s name has been virtually cleared by the Supreme Court in the high-profile Panama case, according to a media report.

The Panama Papers leaks alleged that 43-year-old Maryam was the beneficial owner of the London properties owned jointly by her brothers.

The petitions claimed that since Maryam was a dependant of Sharif, she should have declared the Mayfair properties in her wealth statement.

The verdict, however, was of the view that Maryam “has received cash gifts from her father in substantial amounts on various occasions… receipt of gifts from the father does not necessarily make Respondent No 6 (Maryam Nawaz) his (Nawaz Sharif) dependent in the legal sense of the word”, Dawn reported.

The Bench said in the verdict that “we also notice that she owns substantial agricultural property, receives income from the same, holds shares in limited companies worth more than Rs 200 million and her husband also receives a fair amount of money by way of pension as a retired military officer”.

In response to the arguments that Maryam lives in the Sharif’s family house, the verdict said: “The mere fact that she has chosen to live in a compound owned by her grandmother does not ipso facto make her a dependent of Respondent No 1 (Nawaz Sharif) either”.

The verdict further noted that Maryam “contributes a substantial sum of money towards her share in the joint expenses incurred by her grandmother on behalf of other members of the Sharif family residing in the compound”.

The Bench concluded that in these proceedings sufficient material was not available on the record to establish that Maryam Nawaz was a dependant of Nawaz Sharif, in a legal sense. — PTI


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