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Broadsheet pays £20,000 in legal costs to Sharif family after withdrawing Avenfield claim
Atika Rehman | Dawn.com Published February 23, 2021Updated about an hour ago

This file photo shows former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in London. — AFP/File

This file photo shows former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in London. — AFP/File
UK-based asset recovery firm Broadsheet LLC has paid 20,000 pounds in legal costs to the family of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif after withdrawing its claim over the Sharif family's Avenfield property in London, it emerged on Tuesday.

Broadsheet LLC was engaged by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in 2000 to trace offshore assets of Pakistani nationals but the agreement was cancelled in 2003. The government last year paid $28 million to the firm in damages.

The firm had earlier also laid claim to four flats at Avenfield House to enforce the payment of the outstanding $22m owed to the firm by NAB. However, the claim was ordered as discharged by a London court.

Broadsheet withdrew its claim over the Avenfield flats after securing the payment from the Pakistani government, but ended up paying £20,000 for the Sharif family's legal costs. It is usual in the British legal system for a party's legal team to pay the other side after losing a case or if the side that initiated a claim asks the court to withdraw.

Documents available with Dawn confirmed that Broadsheet LLC has paid the Sharif family £20,000.
Commenting on the development, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz termed the payment by Broadhsheet "another hard slap on the face of the clique of liars and mudslingers".
"Broadsheet had to pay Rs4.5 million to the lawyers of Nawaz Sharif for raising questions about the London flats and then running away from the court," she tweeted. "One ends up suffering such consequences in the game of lies and deceit. Any shame?"

In another tweet, she retorted that government authorities "had gone to catch corruption but got themselves out of the mess by paying Rs4.5m".
Maryam said while Broadsheet had been humiliated for its "false allegations" in court, "the accountability of those people remains who kept squandering the Pakistani nation's money in the war of their personal ego, those who used to meet Broadsheet officials and ask for their share. All facts will become apparent to the nation now."

Saga of multi-million dollar recovery
In December 2018, former English court of appeal judge Sir Anthony Evans QC, as sole arbitrator, issued an order for payment of $22m to Broadsheet by the Government of Pakistan.

In July 2019, the government appealed the arbitration, but was unsuccessful in its bid. The arbitrator found that Pakistan and NAB had wrongfully repudiated an asset recovery agreement with Broadsheet and ruled that the company was entitled to damages.

Since then, the asset recovery firm had been attempting to secure the payment for its services by targeting several entities in the UK with purported links to the Pakistan government.

The Sharifs, too, became embroiled in the NAB and Broadsheet saga when in an attempt to retrieve payment for its services, Broadsheet LLC filed a claim with a London High Court to gain possession of Avenfield House on the basis that a NAB court had stated that the government should confiscate Sharif’s UK properties.

This claim was dropped after Broadsheet secured the payment of some $28m from the accounts of the Pakistan High Commission in London, through a court-mandated third-party debt order last December.

In an order for the case IRP (Islamic Republic of Pakistan) versus NAB dated Dec 2, 2020, the court said that Master Davison’s interim charging order regarding Broadsheet’s Avenfield claim be discharged and the hearing of the firm’s application be vacated.

The order also noted that while Master Davison had considered Broadsheet’s application in intent of asset regarding the Sharifs’ property, Broadsheet had now secured the judgement debt by way of an interim third-party debt order and had requested permission to discharge the interim charges order and vacate the hearing which was listed for Dec 17, 2020.

Broadsheet dropped case against Sharif family assets as it recovered the London court mandated damages from Pakistani High Commission accounts. And here in Pakistan, corrupt NAB officials were under the impression that Broadsheet was useless company for finding money in foreign accounts when they unilaterally canceled contract with Broadsheet back in 2003. :enjoy:

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Well some posters in Dawn article are claiming its an embarrassment for PTI government, when in reality Broadsheet was hired by Musharraf.

Godfather league spin doctors are trying to paint this as a victory against PTI, since its got nothing to do with current GOP.
 

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Broadsheet pays £20,000 in legal costs to Sharif family after withdrawing Avenfield claim
Atika Rehman | Dawn.com Published February 23, 2021Updated about an hour ago

This file photo shows former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in London. — AFP/File

This file photo shows former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in London. — AFP/File
UK-based asset recovery firm Broadsheet LLC has paid 20,000 pounds in legal costs to the family of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif after withdrawing its claim over the Sharif family's Avenfield property in London, it emerged on Tuesday.

Broadsheet LLC was engaged by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in 2000 to trace offshore assets of Pakistani nationals but the agreement was cancelled in 2003. The government last year paid $28 million to the firm in damages.

The firm had earlier also laid claim to four flats at Avenfield House to enforce the payment of the outstanding $22m owed to the firm by NAB. However, the claim was ordered as discharged by a London court.

Broadsheet withdrew its claim over the Avenfield flats after securing the payment from the Pakistani government, but ended up paying £20,000 for the Sharif family's legal costs. It is usual in the British legal system for a party's legal team to pay the other side after losing a case or if the side that initiated a claim asks the court to withdraw.

Documents available with Dawn confirmed that Broadsheet LLC has paid the Sharif family £20,000.
Commenting on the development, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz termed the payment by Broadhsheet "another hard slap on the face of the clique of liars and mudslingers".
"Broadsheet had to pay Rs4.5 million to the lawyers of Nawaz Sharif for raising questions about the London flats and then running away from the court," she tweeted. "One ends up suffering such consequences in the game of lies and deceit. Any shame?"

In another tweet, she retorted that government authorities "had gone to catch corruption but got themselves out of the mess by paying Rs4.5m".
Maryam said while Broadsheet had been humiliated for its "false allegations" in court, "the accountability of those people remains who kept squandering the Pakistani nation's money in the war of their personal ego, those who used to meet Broadsheet officials and ask for their share. All facts will become apparent to the nation now."

Saga of multi-million dollar recovery
In December 2018, former English court of appeal judge Sir Anthony Evans QC, as sole arbitrator, issued an order for payment of $22m to Broadsheet by the Government of Pakistan.

In July 2019, the government appealed the arbitration, but was unsuccessful in its bid. The arbitrator found that Pakistan and NAB had wrongfully repudiated an asset recovery agreement with Broadsheet and ruled that the company was entitled to damages.

Since then, the asset recovery firm had been attempting to secure the payment for its services by targeting several entities in the UK with purported links to the Pakistan government.

The Sharifs, too, became embroiled in the NAB and Broadsheet saga when in an attempt to retrieve payment for its services, Broadsheet LLC filed a claim with a London High Court to gain possession of Avenfield House on the basis that a NAB court had stated that the government should confiscate Sharif’s UK properties.

This claim was dropped after Broadsheet secured the payment of some $28m from the accounts of the Pakistan High Commission in London, through a court-mandated third-party debt order last December.

In an order for the case IRP (Islamic Republic of Pakistan) versus NAB dated Dec 2, 2020, the court said that Master Davison’s interim charging order regarding Broadsheet’s Avenfield claim be discharged and the hearing of the firm’s application be vacated.

The order also noted that while Master Davison had considered Broadsheet’s application in intent of asset regarding the Sharifs’ property, Broadsheet had now secured the judgement debt by way of an interim third-party debt order and had requested permission to discharge the interim charges order and vacate the hearing which was listed for Dec 17, 2020.

Broadsheet dropped case against Sharif family assets as it recovered the London court mandated damages from Pakistani High Commission accounts. And here in Pakistan, corrupt NAB officials were under the impression that Broadsheet was useless company for finding money in foreign accounts when they unilaterally canceled contract with Broadsheet back in 2003. :enjoy:

@muhammadhafeezmalik @POPEYE-Sailor @Muhammad Omar @Zibago @Path-Finder @Patriot forever @ziaulislam @koolio @syedtalhamaududi @PakistaniAtBahrain @Dual Wielder @FOOLS_NIGHTMARE @Mrc @Mugen @HRK
Bro, I m not interested in PTI achievement. Please Stop tagging me in ur all post. you r the superb fan of IK and True lover of IK.

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Broadsheet dropped case against Sharif family assets as it recovered the London court mandated damages from Pakistani High Commission accounts. And here in Pakistan, corrupt NAB officials were under the impression that Broadsheet was useless company for finding money in foreign accounts when they unilaterally canceled contract with Broadsheet back in 2003.
Had to skip some of the article because it had direct qoutes from the Donkey heiress, as I feared for the potential congnitive repercussions.. but wasn't there a revised deal between the current GOP with broadsheet? I believe they'd agreed to forgo all charges for 20% for anything they recovered.. from hereafter but don't know what became of it..
 

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bet ya its that same typical twist of the house negros living in dawn, wait til yet another interview with that broadsheet ceo and the gongla league will get blown outta the water...again!
 

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Broadsheet ends up paying Rs4.5m to Sharif family in London lawsuit



LONDON: The Broadsheet LLC, hired to recover money and assets from the Sharifs, has ended up making a payment of around 4.5 million rupees to the Sharif family in the lawsuit before the London High Court, according to legal evidence.

The Broadsheet LLC has made a payment of £20,000 (equivalent to 4.5 million Pakistani rupees) to the Sharif family for the settlement of the Sharif family’s legal costs after having withdrawn the Avenfield Apartments attachment application before the English High Court for the seizure and sale of four Avenfield Apartments in the Broadsheet vs Pakistan/National Accountability Bureau (NAB) case.

The lawyers acting for the Sharif family have confirmed that the payment has been received in their bank account whereas Broadsheet’s lawyers have also confirmed making the payment. The Sharif family’s lawyers, who dealt with the case at the English High Court, said the reason for Broadsheet’s withdrawal was to avoid the humiliation of having lost against kickbacks and commission, and including funds related to public development and welfare projects, and that Mr Yousaf knew that the monies received by him had been embezzled or stolen at the time of receipt."

Justice Nicklin determined the chase level 1, the highest form of defamation, and 2 in the following words: “For the reasons I have given, both contain Chase level 1 meanings. The meaning in Mr Sharif's case is entirely Chase level 1 and in respect of Mr Yousaf, the first meaning is Chase level 1. For the reasons I have explained, the second part of Mr Yousaf's meaning is Chase level 2. Overall, his meaning is a product of the overall impression of the article as a whole and the proper application of the repetition rule as it applies to this article. The allegations made against both claimants are clear and there is an insufficient antidote to lead the ordinary reasonable reader to conclude that the article was suggesting against them any grounds or even strong grounds to suspect, save in respect of meaning (2) in respect of Mr Yousaf.”

The judge added: “I have included in the meaning in Mr Sharif's case elements that capture the important factors that the embezzled funds included a not insubstantial sum of British grant aid and also the separate element, which is clearly present in the article, of money also obtained through kickbacks and commission.

The judgement added: “In respect of Mr Yousaf, I have made clear in the meaning that the allegation is that Mr Yousaf knew that the funds had been embezzled. If that is not made plain in the meaning, it would leave open a non-defamatory interpretation that he had unwittingly received £1 million. A reader would have to be exceptionally naïve to think that the article alleged no more than that in respect of Mr Yousaf. The meaning should therefore make that clear. In Mr Yousaf's case, I have reformulated the meaning in relation to (1) and re-cast it in a form that is, in my view, consistent with the allegation being made in [48]-[51]. Meaning (2) largely reflects the meaning that was advanced by the defendant.”

Justice Nicklin also decided on the issue of costs. Shahbaz Sharif’s lawyer Ms Page QC had submitted that the Court should make an order in favour of Mr Sharif and direct that the defendant should pay the costs as, she submitted, that claimant has been largely successful in the sense that a larger number of elements of his meaning have been found in the court's meaning. She argued that this justifies the court recognising that Mr Sharif is the 'winner' and that the starting point is that the costs should follow the event.
Justice Nicklin noted that the meaning applications are a preliminary issue trial. “That means that determination of the issue is being advanced. Ordinarily, meaning would be determined as one of several issues to be resolved at the final trial.”

The judge noted that a claimant could be wholly successful on the issue of meaning, yet ultimately lose the action if the court found for the defendant on a substantive defence.

Justice Nicklin added: “I do not know ultimately who is going to be successful in this litigation at any trial. Even if it were possible to detect a clear 'winner' on the issue of meaning in this case, there is still a potential unfairness by making what is, in effect, an issue-based costs order at this stage. Although that party might have 'lost' the meaning issue, the party may yet ultimately 'win' at trial. In the ordinary course, therefore, the costs of determination of the preliminary issue of meaning should follow the ultimate event; the result of the action.”

The judge wrote that Mail published a “very general and unfocused” rebuttal by Suleman Shahbaz Sharif about the allegations levelled against his father and family.

At the defamation trial, lawyers for Daily Mail said they were not accusing Shahbaz Sharif and Imran Ali Yousaf of money laundering and had no “actual evidence” of their involvement in corruption.

 

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Nawaz Sharif went to London by submitting a Rs 50 stamp paper and took out £ 20,000 from Broadsheet. This man is a true businessman.
This is the mind of a typical patwari zombie who gives shabash to a grand thief for emptying the national coffers and bringing Pakistan to the brink...

for shame patwari.. for shame..

 
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long story short:

avenfield apartments were proven to be bought by stolen funds from Pakistani tax payers.

Pakistani courts declared confiscating those apartments.

Pakistan owed money to broadsheet for services rendered.

broadsheet when to british courts to ask for lean on the avenfield properties.

gongla shareef hired lawyers to stop the broadsheet lean.

Pakistani government under Imran Khan's administration paid broadsheet the money owed.

broadsheet withdrew the case for the lean.

as per british law, if you withdraw or loose the case then you have reimburse the other party's legal expenses.

so broadsheet simply reimbursed the gongla for his legal expenses.

simple as that. details here...

all the patwaris stop celebrating & go back to worrying.

:dirol:
 

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