Islamabad November 24, 2014: Pakistan People’s Party strongly rejects the insinuation in media reports that a Swiss tribunal had held that a jewellery set that was seized in connection with investigations into the SGS case belonged to the legal heirs of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto or former President Asif Ali Zardari.
“The piece of jewellery never belonged to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. There is therefore no question that it belongs to her legal heirs or to Mr. Asif Zardari. Let there be no doubt or mistake about it”.
This has been stated by Senator Farhatullah Babar who served as Spokesperson to Shaheed Mohtarma as well as to the former President Asif Ali Zardari in a statement today.
Any assertion that the jewellery belonged to the legal heirs of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is based on totally wrong and incorrect assumption that it actually belonged to her, he said.
He said that although he had not yet seen the so called latest ruing of the Swiss tribunal but on the basis on his association with the case from its inception to the end he could make this assertion confidently.
Senator Farhatullah Babar recalled that on September 19, 2005 Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had personally appeared before the Swiss Investigation Magistrate in Geneva and categorically denied purchasing the jewellery or owning the Swiss companies allegedly owning it or involved in money laundering.
After appearing before the Swiss magistrate and recording her statement Shaheed Mohtrma Benazir Bhutto also addressed a press conference in Geneva denying ownership of the jewellery or Swiss companies involved in money laundering, he said.
Farhatullah Babar recalled in one of the hearings the owner of the jeweller shop also said that he did not know who Mohtarma was much less that she purchased the jewellery from him.
“Al this is a matter or record and can be verified from the record of the proceedings before the Swiss magistrate and the newspapers’ archives of the time”.
He said that the NAB at that time had claimed that a piece of jewellery had been seized from Mohtarma’s safe in Geneva but later it was proved before the Magistrate that Shaheed Mohtarma did not have a safe in Geneva and that the jewellery was taken from the Jeweller in Geneva.
It had also been claimed at the time that Mr Jens Schlaglemilch was the agent of Mohtarma which too was proved false as per the testimony of Mr. Schlaglemilch himself.
Farhatullah Babar recalled a quote from Mohtarma’s press conference at the time in which had said, “My position is safe in the hands and the hearts of the people of Pakistan who know that she is being victimized for courageously standing up for the democratic rights of the people”.
Senator Farhatullah Babar recalled that it was the same case in which the Supreme Court of Pakistan had not only set aside the conviction awarded by the Trial Court in Pakistan but also passed stinging strictures against the trial judge. The bias (of the judge) floated on the surface of record, the SC had remarked forcing most unceremonious exit of two judges from the Bench, he said.