FIA to grill jailed Shehbaz, Hamza over alleged Rs25b money laundering

By: News Desk      Published: 01:20 PM, 16 Dec, 2020
FIA to grill jailed Shehbaz, Hamza over alleged Rs25b money laundering
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There is no dearth of problems for the Sharif family as the FIA Anti-Corruption Wing will now interrogate the imprisoned PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz in connection with the alleged money laundering involving an amount of Rs25 billion, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

As the FIA has launched a new probe against the Sharif family, the agency wrote a letter to the Kot Lakhpat jail authorities for necessary cooperation in this connection.

Earlier in the day, both Shehbaz and Hamza were presented before an accountability court in Lahore, which adjourned the hearing of the separate money laundering reference filed by NAB till December 22 after the defence counsel crossed-examined two witnesses.

Court allows Shehbaz to consult personal physician

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz were presented before an accountability court in Lahore on Wednesday, which adjourned the hearing of the money laundering reference till December 22 after the defence council crossed-examined two witnesses, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

During the hearing, the court presided over by Jawad-ul-Hassan allowed Shehbaz Sharif to consult his personal physician for medical check-up, as he informed the judge that he had always paid expenses for treatment from his own pocket despite being entitled for government money given that he was a chief minister.

As a chief minister, not a single penny was claimed as TA/DA which reached to the tune of millions of rupees and he lived at his own house, not the official residence, said the PML-N president.

He said that he was sharing the information only to explain and bring on record that how baseless allegations had been levelled against him.

Later, Amjad Pervaiz – the counsel for Shehbaz – and Hamza’s lawyer Aurangzeb separately crossed-examined Punjab Assembly Deputy Secretary Faisal Bilal who shared the record of perks and privileges enjoyed by the leader of opposition during his stints as Punjab chief minister. 

Another witness Syed Tayyab Bokhari was also faced cross-examination by Amjad and Aurangzeb, as the court directed the third one to appear in person on the next hearing.

In a brief media chat, Shehbaz described December 16 as the darkest day in the country’s history and said they could not forget the terrorist attack on the APS Peshawar in 2015.

NAB does not reply to Maryam’s plea in Toshakhana reference

In Islamabad, an accountability court judge, Asghar Ali, gave more time to NAB after it failed to submit a reply to petition filed by Maryam Nawaz against seizing the properties in Murree and Shangla. 

As PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif was declared a proclaimed offender in the reference, the court had ordered to seize his properties. But Maryam later moved the court and that the orders could not be applied to two bungalows in Murree and one in Shangla as the properties belonged to her late mother Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. 

The judge observed that the petition would be heard separately from the main case and asked the NAB to submit a reply on January 13.