According to Baaghi TV, PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif was to be produced in the Lahore accountability court today concerning a case of money laundering.
Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif will be held accountable after his physical remand expires. The access roads to the accountability court have been closed, with containers and barbed wire. Heavy contingent of police has been deployed in the area, meanwhile, PML-N workers have also started reaching the court.
The court has also directed NAB officials to submit a report on the investigation of Shehbaz Sharif. Accountability court judge Jawad-ul-Hassan will hear the case.
At the last hearing, the accountability court, had extended the physical remand of PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif for seven days, in a money laundering reference.
In the courtroom, Shehbaz Sharif had said, “I have a back problem. NAB officials have snatched my chair. They have provided me with an ordinary chair on which to sit, pray and eat. This move of NAB has further aggravated my back pain and suffering. NAB has confiscated the chair at the request of Imran Khan Niazi and Shehzad Akbar”.
The NAB prosecutor denied the allegations, saying Shehbaz Sharif did not co-operate during the investigation. On which the court said that, if the accused does not answer the question, then the loss is to be borne by the accused.
The court asked, on what grounds does the investigating officer want further physical remand of the accused? The investigating officer said that, money is transferred to Afzal Bhatti from Shehbaz Sharif’s accounts in HBL Bank, Jail Road. Afzal Bhatti is his accountant in the UK. We are inquiring the source of this money.
Shehbaz Sharif argued on the rostrum that, in 2005, I bought the first property in UK. I am undergoing treatment for cancer. My life and death is for Pakistan, so I came to Pakistan in 2004. When I went to London I thought it was not possible to pay rent there, so decided in 2005, that I will not reach out to the Queen if I run out of money. So I bought the first property in London”.
Shehbaz Sharif said, “I returned home after undergoing cancer surgery. I knew that dictator Pervez Musharraf would put me in jail. If I had that much money, I would be happy in London instead of coming back. Dictator Pervez Musharraf did not allow me to land in Pakistan”.
At the PML-N leaders’ court appearance, PML-N workers were also present outside the court, chanting slogans in favor of the party. Strict security arrangements were made on this occasion. A heavy contingent of police had been deployed outside the court.
Investigations were launched against Nusrat, Salman Shehbaz, Hamza Shehbaz, Rabia Imran and Javeria, in connection with money laundering. So far, evidence of money laundering worth Rs. 1.59 billion has been found. Further investigation is needed into Shahbaz Sharif’s anonymous companies and anonymous assets. For Shehbaz Sharif to make these companies, where did the capital come from? This has to be investigated.
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