Shahbaz Sharif bail hearing in Lahore High Court

April 22, 2021: According to the report of Baaghi TV, Shahbaz Sharif’s bail application was heard in the Lahore High Court.

The court directed the NAB prosecutor to give arguments on the bail case. The NAB prosecutor yesterday objected to the observation of Azam Nazir Tarar. Later the verdict was changed, isn’t it against the court, Azam Nazir Tarar said that it has not happened in 27 years.

Azam Nazir Tarar said that I still stand by my words, the court said that it is your responsibility to read it yourself and tell the decision to your questioner, the court directed the NAB prosecutor to give arguments on the bail case, NAB prosecutor said that this statement of Azam Nazir Tarar falls under the category of contempt of court. The court restrained the NAB prosecutor from further discussion on this issue. Justice Alia Neelam directed the NAB prosecutor to speak only on the case.

The NAB prosecutor said that several notices were issued to the unnamed relatives of Shahbaz Sharif. We asked him to tell where the assets came from. No one responded except Hamza Shahbaz. His assets were 2.5 million in 1990 and 41 million in 1998. We did not include the inherited assets in the reference. We added the assets after 2005. When the TTs first came into their account, when the TTs started coming in, the properties started building,

The court asked the NAB prosecutor whether the property was given to Nusrat Shahbaz as a gift. The NAB prosecutor said that the property was taken in the name of Nusrat Shahbaz, Hamza Shahbaz’s property in LDA Judicial Colony is worth 136 million, two villas in Islamabad are also in the name of Tehmina Durrani, 391 kanals of land in Chiniot, Hamza and Salman. Nusrat Shahbaz has assets worth Rs 299 million in his name. The court inquired about the age of Salman Shahbaz when the TTs started coming. The NAB prosecutor said that Salman Shahbaz was 23 years old at that time.

The NAB prosecutor said that Hamza Shahbaz is accused of transferring Rs 533 million. Shahbaz Sharif had assets of Rs 2.1 million in 1990. In 1998, Shahbaz Sharif’s assets became Rs 41 million. In 1997, Shahbaz Sharif became the Chief Minister of Punjab. In 1998, it increased from 2.1 million to 1.48 million.

In 2018, the value of his assets reaches 7 billion 32 crore. When Hamza Shahbaz used to go on political campaigns, people used to give party funds. The lawyer said that NAB does not have the answer as to where the money came from. Shahbaz Sharif’s bail application was heard by a three-member full bench headed by Justice Ali Baqir Najafi. Other judges include Justice Alia Neelam and Justice Shahbaz Rizvi. A full bench was constituted by Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Qasim Khan on the dissenting note of Justice Asjad Javed Gharal.

PML-N leaders Maryam Nawaz, Rana Sanaullah, Rana Arshad and other PML-N leaders were also present in the court on the occasion of Shahbaz Sharif’s bail application. Shahbaz Sharif had filed a bail application in the Lahore High Court. The petition states that the reference of money laundering has been filed and the trial is going on. No transaction is in the name of Shahbaz Sharif. Shahbaz Sharif said that he has been in jail for several months, all the records are with NAB, NAB should not recover, the court should order his release on bail.

It should be noted that Shahbaz Sharif was arrested by the NAB after his bail application was rejected. The court had sent him on judicial remand. Shahbaz Sharif is presented in the court in an armored vehicle which was protested by the PML-N.

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