Pakistan’s chief of Oppn Shahbaz Sharif indicted in corruption case

Lahore, August 6

A Pakistani court docket on Thursday indicted Leader of Opposition within the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz in a corruption case.

Separately, the Lahore Accountability Court issued bailable arrest warrant in opposition to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, presently in London for remedy, in a land allotment case involving Geo Media Group proprietor Mir Shakilur Rehman.

The accountability court docket in Lahore indicted Shahbaz, 68, on the costs of utilizing taxpayers’ cash to assemble a drain in Chiniot (250 km from Lahore) in (2010-2013) which allegedly benefitted a enterprise run by his sons.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) alleged that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president used his place on the time as chief minister of Punjab to approve the drain’s building at a price of Rs 36 crore, benefitting the Ramzan Sugar Mills which is owned by his sons Hamza and Salman.

“The public funds were misused for the benefit of a family business. The people getting benefits from the drain were few in number,” the court docket stated.

Salman is absconding in London and Hamza is in jail on judicial remand. Hamza is the Punjab Assembly’s Opposition Leader.

Sharif advised the court docket that unsuitable expenses have been framed in opposition to him and his son. The 70-year-old PML-N chief stated he had saved billions of rupees in several improvement initiatives within the province. The court docket adjourned the listening to until August 27.

In the opposite land case, the accountability court docket issued bailable arrest warrants in opposition to three-time premier Nawaz Sharif.

Special Prosecutor Haris Qureshi stated the suspect (Nawaz Sharif) was not dropped at the court docket within the mild of the federal government’s COVID-19 normal working procedures.

The choose directed the prosecutor to deal with the case as ‘special’ and make sure the look of the suspect on the subsequent listening to.

The prosecutor additionally submitted a report about non-service of the court docket’s summons to Nawaz Sharif at his Lahore handle. The report stated the suspect was in London.

At this, the choose issued bailable warrants for the arrest of the previous premier and adjourned the listening to until August 20.

Sharif had left for London in November final yr after getting bail in a cash laundering case, and the Al-Azizia case by which he was convicted for seven years. He left for the UK to deal with a coronary heart ailment.

The former prime minister lately submitted his medical stories to the Lahore High Court stating that due to coronavirus medical doctors had suggested him to not go exterior, due to this fact he couldn’t return. — PTI

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