Co-suspect indicted in money laundering reference against Shehbaz, family – Journal

LAHORE: An accounts court indicted on Monday a co-suspect in reference to money laundering against opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and his family.

The co-suspect, Ahmad Ali, denied the charges against him and decided to challenge the trial.

Presiding Judge Sajid Ali Awan has asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecution team to present their witnesses at the next hearing.

The judge also upheld a request from Shehbaz’s son Hamza, who leads the opposition in the Punjabi Assembly, asking for exemption from personal appearance in references to money laundering and Ramzan Sugar Mills for medical reasons. .

The request stated that Hamza had severe back pain and that doctors had advised him to stay in bed for at least ten days.

However, Shehbaz appeared in court and witnessed the proceedings against him in the references.

The NAB filed its response to the acquittal requests of two co-suspects – Bilal Qidwai and Imtiaz Haider – in the reference Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme.

The court adjourned the new hearing until January 10 for arguments on the acquittal requests.

In reference to money laundering, the NAB alleged that family members and benamidars of Shehbaz received bogus foreign remittances worth billions into their personal bank accounts. In addition to these remittances, the office said, billions of rupees were laundered through foreign payment orders, which were deposited into the personal bank accounts of his sons Hamza and Suleman.

Shahbaz, his wife Mrs. Nusrat and their son Hamza had been indicted in this case. Being out of the country, Ms. Nusrat joined the trial proceedings through oral argument with leave of the court.

LG Order: The Lahore High Court on Monday issued opinions on a petition challenging the Punjab Local Government Order of 2021 and also sought the assistance of the attorney general.

Judge Shahid Jamil Khan heard a petition from Sialkot District Council Chairperson Hina Arshad.

The applicant’s attorney, Imran Raza Chaddhar, submitted the contested order contemplating the dissolution of existing local bodies until January 1, 2021 and the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the upcoming elections in the province.

He said the provincial government, with bad faith intent, tried to change the system of local government according to its own whims.

He said the new law also allowed the election of non-directly elected representatives and that the chief minister had been given powers, rendering the local government system ineffective.

The lawyer argued that the use of EVMs without the approval and deliberations of the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) by political parties was an undemocratic decision by the government. He also challenged the appointment of administrators after the dissolution of the existing local government system.

He argued that the ordinance was in violation of various provisions of the Constitution and liable to be overturned.

After hearing the arguments, the judge addressed notices to the respondents and also sought the assistance of the Punjabic attorney general during the hearing on December 23.

Meanwhile, Judge Shahid Waheed referred a similar petition from the Mayor of Faisalabad, Razzaq Malik, to Judge Shahid Jamil Khan, who had previously received other petitions on the Local Government Law.

Posted in Dawn, December 21, 2021

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