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A British-Pakistani lawyer is on the centre of the Broadsheet scandal that has exploded on Pakistani media scene after The Information and Geo completely took off the lid from varied key facets of the case that has price Pakistan over $65 million.

This publication had revealed in Could 2019 the identify of Barrister Zafar Ali QC for the primary time, stating that the British-Pakistani defence counsel had held conferences with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Shahzad Akbar, Asad Umar and varied different prime officers to debate the potential for a brand new deal to hint the alleged stolen property of Pakistan.

The Information had revealed contents of what’s now generally known as the “Moussavi document”, naming Dr Kersten Pucks, Zafar Ali QC and Shaid Iqbal, a solicitor of England & Wales, who had met Broadsheet CEO Kaveh Moussavi previous to Ali and Iqbal’s assembly with Imran Khan and his senior cupboard colleagues. Almost two years later, they’re in information after this publication launched a “declaration of facts” ready by the legal professionals of Mr Ali, Mr Iqbal and Mr Pucks, countering assertions and claims made by the Broadsheet CEO’s legislation agency and Kaveh Moussavi himself throughout interviews.

Final yr, Zafar Ali QC represented the brother of Manchester Area bomber Salman Abedi who had killed 22 folks within the 2017 terror assault. His different well-known case is RV Mohd Al- Khaib. The defendant was charged with honour killing however discovered not responsible. His subsequent case is a gang homicide trial with 5 defendants within the Liverpool Crown Court docket which begins in March.

Based on his chamber’s web site, Zafar Ali QC is a “highly experienced defence advocate, international arbitrator and mediator with a military background”. Based on the document out there with the Bar Council of England and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Zafar Ali QC attended a diploma course in Worldwide Business Arbitration in September 2013 on the Jesus Faculty Oxford. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators gave him certificates of membership and was admitted as a fellow of the institute on April 18, 2016.

The Bar Council gave him a “Certificate of Good Standing” in October 2012. Zafar Ali was referred to as to the bar by the Society of Center Temple in November 1994 and was appointed because the Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2012 after finishing full pupilage. He has learn Politics and Worldwide Relations on the Warwick College as BA (Hons). He did Diploma of Regulation from the Metropolis College.

Solicitor Shaid Iqbal runs his felony defence legislation agency referred to as “Alexander Cousins” in Leeds. He has an excellent status. In coping with white collar and money-laundering felony instances, his agency lately represented terrorism suspect Sultan Muhammad on the Central Felony Court docket and obtained £3.5 from the federal government in authorized support. Dr Pucks is a senior multi-millionaire marketing consultant primarily based in Oxford.

Kaveh Moussavi has careworn that he met them on their request however realised that they had been making an attempt to acquire data out of him to earn cash. On their half, the trio stated they met Kaveh Moussavi to evaluate if he has any concrete details about the looted cash or simply claims and ceased contact with him once they realised there was nothing.

Nevertheless, textual content exchanges present that either side remained in touch for a number of months until they fell out as no deal was made and no progress may materialise with the federal government.


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