David Rose organised assembly with Shahzad Akbar, says Broadsheet CEO Moussavi

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Broadsheet CEO speaks to Geo News reporter. Photo: Geo News screengrab

Broadsheet CEO Kaveh Moussavi stated Daily Mail journalist David Rose organised his assembly with Shahzad Akbar, alleging that Rose  needed Broadsheet to pay him a fee of £250,000. 

The fee, in keeping with Moussavi, was demanded by Rose in order that he might settle his excellent mortgage on his Oxford home in trade for getting nearly $30 million paid to Broadsheet by the Government of Pakistan, in keeping with Kaveh Moussavi.

In an interview, Kaveh Moussavi stated that not solely did David Rose organise his assembly with Shahzad Akbar in London but in addition participated of their assembly on the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on October 19, 2019 and tried to search out methods of Pakistan and Kaveh Moussavi working collectively in future. Kaveh Moussavi and David Rose are neighbours in Oxford and each have recognized one another for a few years.

David Rose has by no means spoken about the truth that he performed a key position in organising the assembly however confirmed on Monday by means of a collection of tweets that he had organised the assembly between Shahzad Akbar, Kaveh Moussavi and the fourth unnamed particular person.

Kaveh Moussavi stated: “David Rose told me he knew Shahzad Akbar. We met in my house in Oxford and we had a chat. David Rose said he would organise the meeting (with Shahzad Akbar) and he did. What was in it for him? He said that he had a big mortgage. I said if I am paid (by Pakistan) then I can settle it (the £250,000 mortgage). We shook hands and said that I will settle his mortgage and I said I will be happy to do that and that was it.”

Kaveh Moussavi stated he informed David Rose he can have no drawback settling his “big mortgage” of £250,000 if David Rose helped him get his nearly US$30 million owed by Pakistan.

“I said to him (David Rose), frankly, that I have to spend that kind of money on lawyers and enforcement anyway then so if you settle [the payment] then your mortgage will be settled. That’s how we left it,” stated Kaveh, including: “It would have been his commission. He wanted a commission which would have been his mortgage.”

Kaveh stated David Rose requested for £250,000 particularly and “I wouldn’t know what his mortgage was unless he told me that”.

Kaveh stated he requested David Rose why Shahzad Akbar had despatched him. “Why do they have to send you? They can just write to me. David Rose said they just want to establish trust. I said you don’t need trust; you need to send a cheque. David Rose said ‘I will set up, organise a meeting for you with Shahzad Akbar’. I said fine. Then he said what’s in it for me? I said, ‘What do you want?’.”

Kaveh Moussavi alleged that David Rose replied that he “has got a big mortgage” of approximately “£250,000”.

Kaveh stated he informed David Rose that Pakistan owed him round US$30 million “so I’m glad to offer you a fee. I’ll clear that with the legal professionals and in the event that they don’t approve then I’ll pay that out of my share which isn’t a big quantity.”

After the initial alleged agreement between Kaveh Moussavi and David Rose, they met Shahzad Akbar and another lawyer accompanying Akbar. Kaveh didn’t know his name. “There were four of us and we had lunch together. That was in October 2019.”

David Rose became ‘hostile’, says Moussavi

At the meeting, Kaveh Moussavi claims David Rose “gave some formulas” about how “we could work together in future and all that”. Kaveh said he replied that he was first interested in the getting his money before discussing a future deal.

“He tried to be creative and when it didn’t work, afterwards he became very offensive in his text and all kinds of things”.

Shahzad Akbar and Kaveh communicated last through text message on 26th October 2019. However, Kaveh says his communication with David Rose has continued – and they have clashed.

Kaveh said he has text messages and emails to prove that David Rose became ‘hostile’ to him after he refused to do the deal.

He claimed: “David Rose became very offensive in his texts and his emails to me. I found it quite incredible that this was a man I trusted because of the Guantanamo Bay connections and then I found that no I certainly don’t trust him today. The issue was a 180-degree change in position. He’s a man who is trying to settle this thing and I said yes I will help him settle his mortgage and the reality was that he started becoming a hostile person to me. You should see his text messages. It’s quite extraordinary.”

Rose confirms he arranged the meeting but didn’t seek payment from Moussavi

David Rose confirmed that he arranged Kaveh Moussavi’s meeting with Shahzad Akbar. David Rose said: “I’ve known Kaveh since 2003. It all started when he asked me to his house (very near mine) and told me about the litigation. He asked me to arrange a meeting with Shahzad. I’ve known Shahzad for a long time too, so I agreed to do this. So far as I was concerned, I was just doing a favour for a friend, though twice Kaveh said he would pay me a commission if he concluded a settlement.

David Rose said: “At first I thought he was joking, but when he repeated the offer by text , I told him (verbally) I couldn’t accept this. I never asked for and never received any payment in relation to this meeting. For the avoidance of doubt: Yes, I arranged the meeting with Shahzad at Kaveh’s request, but I made it clear I didn’t want to be paid for this. There was no settlement at the meeting.”

Objective of meeting was to renegotiate payments, says Shahzad Akbar

Speaking on Geo News show Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Saath, Shahzad Akbar confirmed that two meetings did take place involving him and Moussavi.

He said that Pakistan’s appeals against the Broadsheet case had been thrown out by the court hence the purpose behind the meetings was to renegotiate the payments.

The prime minister’s aide said that during the first meeting, Akbar asked Moussavi to lower the payments of the Broadsheet award.

“Moussavi in flip responded that it is a courtroom’s judgment and you’ll have to pay [the full amount],” said Akbar.

He confirmed a second meeting was held at Chelsea with Moussavi but it ended on the same note, with the Broadsheet head asking for the full payment and not agreeing to anything else.

Akbar further said that in the meeting, Moussavi wanted to “have interaction once more” with Pakistan but he told the Broadsheet CEO that negotiations for that can also be held if he agreed to lower the payment for the award.

PM Imran Khan’s aide said that he clarified to Moussavi, however, that it was not his jurisdiction to approve another engagement between Pakistan and Broadsheet and that the process would go through the proper channels of the attorney general, the cabinet and the prime minister.

I know David Rose as a friend, says Shahzad Akbar

“I do know David Rose for the previous 5 to seven years,” said Shahzad Akbar, adding that the British journalist used to come to Pakistan to do stories hence he knew him since a while ago.  

Akbar said that neither of the two, David Rose and Kaveh Moussavi, never mentioned any agreement between them pertaining to £250,000. He refused to comment further on Moussavi’s ‘character’, adding that it wouldn’t be appropriate on his part as a government representative especially when multiple litigations were going on.

He said that David Rose and Moussavi were both in the UK and had leveled serious allegations against one another, adding that they were free to take legal action against one another.

“As far as the federal government of Pakistan is worried, we now have fashioned a fee right here with ToRs (phrases of references) to substantiate some allegations therefore our position is just about easy,” he said.

Akbar denies he was David Rose’s source for the Daily Mail article

Akbar categorically denied that he was not David Rose’s source for story in the Daily Mail that alleged Shahbaz and his family had siphoned off UK’s aid money.

PM Imran Khan’s aide said that the PML-N had alleged that he was behind the story, adding that if that were the case, they would have sent him a legal notice and not only sued the UK publication.

“So they turned again on their very own stance,” he said, referring to the PML-N. “Otherwise, they must show the allegation that I used to be behind the article.”

In response to a question, Akbar said that he is ready to present evidence against Shahbaz Sharif in the Daily Mail defamation case, saying it is a “public supply” on his half.