LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday decided not to pursue the money laundering case against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz and others.
In a written order published here on Thursday, Special Central Judge Ejaz Hussain Awan made the request filed by the FIA prosecution part of the case file. The order stated that after hearing the case on April 11, the FIA special prosecutor filed the request for disinterest in the lawsuit.
He added that the special prosecutor argued that the DG FIA, through the investigator, had informed him to stop appearing in the case because the affected districts are not interested in pursuing the case against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chief Minister of Punjab Hamza Shehbaz. The order further stated that the special prosecutor had requested that the request be made part of the record. The request is therefore recorded in the file and attached to the file, specify the orders.
Numan Wahab from Lahore adds: Meanwhile, the FIA has clarified that the alleged Rs 16 billion money laundering case against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz has not was withdrawn and is still pending before the Special Central Court in Lahore.
The agency called the report related to the withdrawal of cases against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz and others “fake news”.
It is pertinent to mention here that the next court date for this case is May 14, and the charges against the father-son duo will likely be heard at this hearing. The indictment of the two defendants has been pending in the trial court for numerous hearings for different reasons.
The FIA gave the said explanation in response to reports based on a request by FIA special prosecutor Sikandar Zulqarnain Saleem, filed in the magistrate’s court on April 11 before the incumbent government was sworn in. Imran Khan’s previous government hired Saleem Zulqarnain, a Supreme Court lawyer, as the FIA’s special prosecutor in the case against opposition leader Shehbaz and his son. Saleem Zulqarnain, in his request, titled “intimation”, stated that the director general of the FIA, through the investigator in charge of the case, had told him not to appear in the case because the defendants were going to be elected Prime Minister and Prime Minister of Punjab.
“So it may be that the ‘concerned neighborhoods’ are not interested in prosecuting the defendants.” Ijaz Hassan Awan, the presiding judge of the Special Court (Central-I), made the request part of the case file.