Shehbaz Sharif moves LHC for permission to go abroad for treatment

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LAHORE – PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has filed a petition with the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking removal of his name from no-fly list.

The Leader of Opposition in National Assembly in his petition said that he had come back from London when he went there after getting bail in Ashiana Housing and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases.

The political bigwig said that he needs to go abroad for treatment but the federal government has placed his name in the blacklist.

He termed the ban on travel a violation of fundamental rights. He asked the court to remove his name from the no-fly list.

The case has been fixed for hearing on May 7 before Justice Ali Baqar Najafi.

Last month, Shehbaz Sharif was released from Kot Lakhpat Jail nearly after seven months detention.

His son Hamza Shehbaz, the leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly, and a number of party workers were present outside the jail to receive Sharif, who was granted bail a day before by the Lahore High Court (LHC) in a money laundering case.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi, had issued a unanimous verdict, granting him bail against surety bonds worth Rs5 million.

PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz has welcomed the decision in a twitter post, adding that service rendered by the PML-N cannot be eroded by fake cases.

During the hearing, the NAB prosecutor informed the court that members of Shahbaz Sharif’s family are nominated in the case.

He added that Suleman Shehbaz, Nusrat Shahbaz, Rabia Imran, Haroon Yousuf, Syed Tahir Naqvi and Ali Hamid are absconding in the case as they failed to appear before the team despite issuance of summons to them.

Talking about assets of former Punjab chief minister, the NAB lawyer said that Shehbaz held assets to tune of Rs2.1 million in 1990 and they had risen to Rs10.48 million.

Bukhari further said that the opposition leader showed assets of Rs7.32 billion in 2018 and all the assets were made after 2005.

He also shared details of funds received by members of Sharif family through TTs.

After the NAB prosecutor concluded his arguments, Shahbaz Sharif’s lawyer Amjad Pervaiz said that the anti-graft buster had nominated the members of his client’s family with malafide intentions.

He said that the honourable court is hearing case of bail but the NAB lawyer had provided details of money laundering.

The three-member bench after hearing the arguments issued bail to the opposition leader.

NAB arrested Shehbaz on September 28, 2020 in the money laundering reference after the LHC refused to extend his pre-arrest bail last year. He was first granted interim pre-arrest bail last year on June 3.