Lahore (HRNW): Former Qatari premier Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani met former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here on Wednesday. He landed at Lahore airport where he was greeted by Nawaz Sharif. Al-Thani, who was prime minister of Qatar from 2007 to 2013, was driven to the Jati Umra residence amid tight security. The former Qatari premier accompanied by a 13-member delegation held a meeting with Nawaz Sharif. Later, he met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at his residence in Model Town. No official statement about the meetings was issued to the media.
Al-Thani then headed to Karachi to inaugurate a coal based power plant at Port Qasim along with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The Sharif brothers have friendly terms with the former Qatari premier, who had came to their rescue and submitted a letter to the top court in the Panama Papers case. The letter addressing the apex court stated that in 1980, Mian Muhammad Sharif (Nawaz Sharif’s father) invested 12 million Dirhams in the Al Thani company belonging to the Qatari prince’s father. “In the year 2006, the accounts in relation to the above investment were settled between Hussain Nawaz Sharif and Al Thani family, who then delivered the bearer shares of the companies referred in para 4 above to a representative of Hussain Nawaz Sharif,” the letter read.