Premier claims his family “suffered” as his decisions favored the common people
LAHORE’S: A special court in Lahore hearing the money laundering case of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shahbaz accepted the PM’s and CM’s pre-arrest claims on Saturday.
The court ordered the father and son to post a bail bond of Rs 1 million each.
During today’s hearing, the premier stepped onto the rostrum and told the court that his family had suffered because of his decisions, which favored ordinary people over his own family members.
Attorney Amjad Pervez, representing the Sharif family, argued that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) found no evidence linking the PM and the prime minister to the accounts mentioned in the money laundering case.
However, FIA prosecutor Farooq Bajwa told the court that substantial evidence had been collected and two checks deposited into a Gulzar’s account from the time Shehbaz was prime minister.
Attorney Amjad replied that depositing money is not the same as money laundering.
The FIA went on to say that two of the accused had not been included in the investigation. “This is amazing,” attorney Amjad replied, adding that the information should have been provided at an earlier stage in the trial.
“We cannot understand why the FIA could not investigate them,” he claimed. The court reserved its decision after hearing detailed arguments.
In previous proceedings, the FIA had called for the arrest of Shehbaz and Hamza after the judge questioned whether the FIA found it compelling to arrest the father-son duo.
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The judge also issued no-bail warrants for Suleman Shehbaz, Tahir Naqvi, and Malik Maqsood Ahmed, with orders for the relevant police officer (SHO) to implement the warrants and report them in person before the next court hearing.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Prime Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif were both presents in the courtroom during the proceedings.
Attorney Amjad’s arguments included various points such as “no statements recorded under Section 161 are included in the case files; there is no persuasive or substantive evidence to support the accused’s crime; There is no evidence available that neither Mian Shehbaz Sharif nor Hamza Shahbaz opened or maintained the bank accounts.”
In response to the FIA’s request to arrest the Prime Minister and the CM, he cited rulings from the Lahore High Court and the Lahore High Court, in which he highlighted the extent of the bail matters.
He added that the High Court and Apex Court would have declared such an arrest “malafid” once the investigation was complete, Challan had been produced, and that no delay
He further argued that the FIA submitted the Challan to court and its copies had been supplied
Attorney Amjad questioned on what grounds the challan had been filed if further investigation was required, claiming that a challan would be filed after the matter had been investigated and not at the start of the investigation.
The FIA prosecutor submitted the supplementary challan, which eliminated gaps and included all the missing details. However, the FIA was due to start its arguments on June 11th.