Petition of Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza fixed for hearing

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The petition on money laundering case of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s president (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N representative Hamza Shehbaz has been fixed for hearing.

According to details, under the presidency of Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) a two-membered bench will hear the petition. The petition was filed on the behalf of Advocate Pervez Amjad.

The petitioner claimed that the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) investigation was illegal and pleaded for the removal of FIR No. 20/39. Moreover, it has also been requested that FIA should stop investigation until the final decision has been announced while the institutions including NAB have been made the defendants.

It was stated in the petition that FIA had started the investigations with a bad intention. No proof of any unnamed accounts has been discovered. Earlier today, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif had challenged the inquiry of money laundering case being carried out by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Lahore High Court (LHC).

According to details, Advocate Pervez Amjad filed the plea and made FIA party. The petition mentioned the investigations are based on dishonesty and that FIA has failed to unearth any benami bank account of Shehbaz Sharif.

The plea further appealed the court to bar FIA from holding investigation until the final verdict of the case. Earlier, FIA had submitted details of 45 bank accounts of Shehbaz Sharif, his sons Hamza and Salman Shahbaz in money laundering case. The concerned officials told that the accused may be sentenced to seven years in jail with fine and seizure of properties.

FIA had also submitted a challan against Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz and declared them as prime accused. On November 11, 2020, Mian Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz Sharif were indicted in money laundering reference by accountability court.

All the accused in the case pleaded not guilty. Shehbaz Sharif, while rejecting allegations of the anti-graft watchdog, said that he was being politically victimized.

 

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