PM briefed on Shehbaz Sharif cases, says information minister 

By: News Desk      Published: 07:51 PM, 10 May, 2021
PM briefed on Shehbaz Sharif cases, says information minister 
Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary on Monday said that the government's legal team gave a detailed briefing to Prime Minister Imran Khan about the cases against Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The information minister tweeted, “The government has decided that the case of Hudaibiya Paper Mills needed to be reinvestigated. Hudaibiya Paper Mills’ case is the most important source of corruption by the Sharif family.” 

He said this case was an important clue about the corruption of the Sharif family. He said Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif were the prime accused in this case. He said the method used in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills' case to send money abroad was repeated in all the followed-up cases. Therefore, it is very important to bring this to a logical end, he added. 

Hudaibiya Paper Mills case is about the alleged fraud of over Rs1,242 million. The case started in March 2000 when the NAB authorities moved a reference covering Hudaibiya Papers Mills. Besides his other relatives and associates, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two children – Maryam and Hussain – were among the accused. In contrast with the Panama case, former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his political heir-apparent Hamza Shehbaz were also accused in this case. The Lahore High Court quashed the case in 2014.

PML-N reaction

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb reacted to the statement of the information minister, saying that by ordering reinvestigation of Hudaibiya Paper Mills case the PM had accepted that all cases against Shehbaz Sharif were false. She said it was proved now that all cases including Ashiyana and Lahore and Metros sewerage were the political victimization.

She said why the ‘illegal team’ of the PM was not telling him that the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case was quashed by the Lahore High Court. She said when the NAB had requested reopening the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case, the Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the High Court. She asked instead of staging dramas, the PM should give relief to the masses.