Qatar not involved in Panamagate controversy, says envoy

| Updated: Feb 05, 2017 11:36 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 5 (ANI): Qatar's ambassador to Pakistan, Saqr bin Mubarak Al Mansouri, asserted that the Qatari government is not involved in the Panamagate controversy in Pakistan. According to the Dawn, in a short video released by the Aaj News for their show Rubaru, Mansouri said that the Panamagate is an internal matter for Pakistan. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, in a series of tweets, 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 added. He further claimed that the letter from Pakistani Prime Minsiter Nawaz Sharif's business partner enabled him to clinch a Rs. 200 billion Port Qasim deal, among "other largess". During the 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. 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. (ANI)