Court defers Shehbaz, Hamza’s indictment to next hearing

Interim bails extended until Feb 28: Hamza dubs PM Imran ‘worst dictator’ in world

By: News Desk
Published: 10:33 AM, 18 Feb, 2022
Court defers Shehbaz, Hamza’s indictment to next hearing
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Announcing that Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and his son, Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly (PA) Hamza Shehbaz would be indicted on next hearing, the FIA’s Special Central Court in Lahore on Friday adjourned the money laundering case to February 28, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

During the court proceeding, bail pleas of both the leaders could not be taken up due to a legal point after the copies of the FIA challan given to them were not readable; hence their interim bails were extended until the next hearing.

The counsels from both the sides were involved in a tiff as Shehbaz Sharif made a statement in the courtroom. The state counsel said the accused must respect the court’s decorum which led to an exchange of hot words between the two sides. 

Speaking in the courtroom, Shehbaz Sharif said he had spent seven months in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail where he gave all answers to the FIA’s questions in writing. “If I had ill-gotten money I would not have come back to Pakistan,” he added.

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Shehbaz disclosed he had saved Rs200 million in Saaf Pani project. “Bashir Memon’s statement is on record in which he stated that the government had directed to him to frame Shehbaz Sharif in a sedition case,” he added.

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“I sweat this money laundering case is fake. By God, I did not do any money laundering or corruption rather I saved funds,” the PML-N president declared.

PM Imran is ‘worst dictator’ in world, says Hamza

Calling Prime Minister Imran Khan ‘the worst dictator’ in the world, Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly (PA) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shehbaz said on Friday that he had done nothing for the masses during his last three and a half years in office as prime minister, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

Speaking outside an accountability court in Lahore, he said that today urea was so expensive that it was virtually out of the reach of farmers. “And to make matters worse, even the prices of medicines are sky-high,” he regretted. 

He claimed that not a single penny of corruption had been proved against his uncle, former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif.

“Lo and behold! Imran Niazi, your time is up. FIR has been registered against you. We will not let you flee as masses are livid at your ‘bad’ governance and ‘poor’ performance,” he said emphatically. 

Referring to the murder of a journalist in Karachi, Hamza noted with concern that media personnel were no more safe in the country. “May Allah The Almighty grant patience to his children,” he prayed.

PML-N leader claimed that work on the development projects initiated under the last PML-N government had been installed.

Court adjourns petition about frozen assets

An accountability court on Friday adjourned the hearing of petition against frozen assets of PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif’s family till February 24, reported 24NewsHD TV Channel.

As per the details, Accountability Court (2) Judge Naseem Ahmad Virk heard the petition which had been filed by Nusrat Shehbaz and his son Hamza Shehbaz. The petitioners pleaded with the accountability court to declare decision of freezing assets of their family null and void. The judge, however, adjourned the hearing till February 24, seeking further details from the lawyers for Sharif family.

It is to be noted here that a NAB court had ordered to freeze the assets of Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz, Nusrat Shehbaz, and Tehmina Durrani. The NAB court had also ordered to freeze assets of the companies run by the family members.

Reporters Shaheen Attiq and Jamaluddin Jamali