Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency, which is investigating Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son and Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz in a money laundering case, on Saturday asked the court to allow their arrest for further investigation. However, the court extended his pre-arrest bail until June 11.
The FIA also filed an interim investigation report against the prime minister and other suspects in the Rs 14 billion (USD 75 million) money laundering case against him. Shehbaz and Hamza appeared before the special court amid high-security measures.
“An FIA prosecutor filed an interim investigation report in the court and sought the arrest of prime minister Shehbaz and Punjab chief minister Hamza, arguing that their custody is necessary for further investigation as they have neither joined the probe nor cooperated with investigators. “, a judicial official said.
The prime minister’s lawyer, Amjad Pervez, strongly objected to the FIA’s guilty plea and called it a “false claim by the agency.” He said the FIA had already investigated the father and son when they were in jail in Lahore. He said his clients not only joined the investigation when they were in jail but also appeared before the investigators at the FIA office. “The case has been pending for a year and a half and the investigation against Shehbaz and Hamza by the FIA has been concluded,” Pervez argued.
He further said that this case has been politically motivated which was instituted by the previous Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government with the sole aim of sending them behind bars.
In last week’s hearing, Shehbaz had told the court, “What to say about the allegations of money laundering against me, I never received salary and other benefits when I was chief minister of Punjab for about 10 years. God has made me prime minister.” of this country.” – ITP
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif officially tasked the country’s top spy agency, ISI, with checking and monitoring all civil servants, giving a legal cover to a practice that was already in place but had not been formalized as part of the protocol. according to a media report on Saturday. According to the Establishment Division notification in exercise of the powers vested in the Prime Minister, Sharif has notified the Directorate General of Inter-Services Intelligence as the Special Investigation Agency for verification and screening of all public office holders (officer category).