Rana Shamim’s son, Ahmed Hassan Rana, has said that the signing of the affidavit in Nawaz Sharif’s office is not a big issue.
He made the claim while talking to a private news channel.
According to Ahmed Hassan, the location of signing the affidavit does not change its contents or authenticity.
While re-affirming his support for his father, Ahmed said his father will be asked three questions in court; did he sign the affidavit in London, did he sign it in the presence of Nawaz Sharif, if yes, then a third question will be asked that whether or not he is involved with the Sharif family.
“He will say no and the discussion will end,” Ahmed said while highlighting the questions.
The anchorperson further pressed on about Rana Shamim signing the affidavit in front of Nawaz Sharif. In response, Ahmed said there is no harm in that.
“Did he commit a sin by signing the affidavit in presence of Mian Nawaz?” Ahmed questioned.
According to him, if Nawaz Sharif wanted to use the affidavit for his personal agenda, then he would have done it three years ago at the time of elections.
CONTROVERSY: Last month, news surfaced that Rana Shamim claimed in a notarized affidavit that Justice (retd) Saqib Nisar directed a high court judge to not release Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on bail at any cost before the 2018 general elections.
Justice (retd) Saqib Nisar on the other hand denied the allegations and further hit back by saying Shamim had asked him for an extension, but he didn’t accept his request, adding that the ex-GB CJ had also complained to him about the same.
The whole issue divided Pakistan with PTI calling the accusations against Justice (retd) Saqib Nisar as absurd. Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah initiated contempt of court proceedings against Rana Shamim, and those responsible for breaking the initial news.
During the proceedings, Rana Shamim said he didn’t know how the journalist got hold of his affidavit. He said the sealed affidavit was with this family and submitted the original affidavit. Rana Shamim admitted that the content published in the newspapers was not the same as the contents of the affidavit.
Moreover, Ahmed, in a sensational interview, confirmed the association of his father with Nawaz.
His father also served as the vice-president of PML-N Sindh in the past and was Nawaz’s legal representative in the Memogate scandal case, he added.
The claims and ambiguities threw the authenticity of the affidavit into question. People believe this was deliberately done by the PML-N camp to win favor in light of the upcoming elections.