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Pakistan court docket extends pre-arrest bail of PM Shehbaz Sharif, son in cash laundering case

A Pakistani court docket has prolonged pre-arrest bail of High Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz until Might 28 in a Rs 14 billion cash laundering case.

Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif mentioned the circumstances towards him are a part of a witch-hunt by way of the former executive (PTI photograph)

A Pakistani court docket in Lahore on Saturday prolonged pre-arrest bail of High Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son and Punjab Leader Minister Hamza Shehbaz until Might 28, whilst it issued arrest warrant for his different son Shehbaz Suleman within the Rs 14 billion cash laundering case.

Shehbaz gave the impression earlier than the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) particular court docket in Lahore for the primary time since he assumed the price of the highest workplace. In earlier two hearings, he had sought exemption from look.

“Presiding Pass judgement on of the Particular Court docket Ijaz Awan became down the request of Shehbaz and Hamza’s suggest for confirming their bails. Then again, he prolonged their pre-arrest bail until subsequent listening to on Might 28,” a court docket respectable informed PTI.

The pass judgement on allowed Shehbaz to talk on his case.

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Shehbaz mentioned the United Kingdom’s Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) had carried out an investigation into cash laundering allegations towards him and his members of the family for 2 years however may just now not to find even one rupee of corruption.

“All of the circumstances towards me are political,” he mentioned and added that he had served as the executive minister for 10 years in Punjab province however had by no means taken wage.

“My wage could be Rs10 million however I didn’t take it. I additionally went on respectable excursions the usage of my very own cash. I stored the country billions of rupees in construction initiatives,” he mentioned.

The high minister additional mentioned the circumstances towards him are a part of a witch-hunt by way of the former executive led by way of High Minister Imran Khan

Shehbaz and his sons Hamza and Suleman had been booked by way of the FIA in November 2020 below more than a few sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Anti Cash Laundering Act. Suleman has been in the United Kingdom for the ultimate 3 years, evading arrest.

The FIA investigation has detected 28 benami accounts, allegedly of the Shehbaz circle of relatives, by which an quantity to the song of Rs 14 billion used to be laundered from 2008 till 2018.

The FIA tested the cash path of 17,000 credit score transactions and the volume used to be saved in “hidden accounts” and allegedly given to Shehbaz in his private capability.

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