Pakistan Court Declares Pm Shehbaz Sharif Son Suleman Proclaimed Offender In Money Laundering Case Imran Khan Pti Update
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A Pakistani court has considered Suleman Shahbaz, the younger son of PM Shehbaz Sharif, as an accused in the money laundering case. After the hearing on Friday, a Pakistan court declared CM Shahbaz Ansari’s son and another person as absconders. According to media reports, the Lahore Special Court had ordered Suleman Shahbaz and Tahir Naqvi to be summoned to the court, despite which both did not reach the court. In view of this, the court declared both of them as absconders.
Action taken in money laundering case
Significantly, a case was registered against Shahbaz Sharif’s sons Hamza and Suleman in November-2020 under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Anti-Money Laundering Act. When the court issued arrest warrants against Suleman and Naqvi on May 28, he fled to Britain. In the same hearing, the court had also issued an arrest warrant for another suspect, Malik Maqsood alias Maqsood Chhaprasi. Malik Maqsood passed away in the United Arab Emirates last month.
On June 11, the FIA submitted a report regarding non-bailable arrest warrants issued for Suleman, Naqvi and Maqsood. In this, the FIA had said that the warrant could not be executed because Suleman was absconding. In Friday’s hearing, the court sought information about the properties of Suleman and Naqvi as well as Maqsood’s death certificate.
The court has also accepted Prime Minister Shahbaz’s request for a one-time exemption from attending the hearing, but directed that he appear before the court in the next hearing. The hearing was later adjourned till July 30.
Significantly, 28 benami accounts were unearthed in the FIA investigation. It was alleged that it is related to Shahbaz’s family. 1400 crore rupees have been sent abroad through these accounts during 2008 to 2018. The FIA investigated 17,000 transactions to trace the money.
Committee formed against Imran Khan
On the other hand, the Federal Cabinet of Pakistan has approved the formation of a committee on Friday. The committee will consider whether sedition proceedings should be initiated against the top PTI leadership, including PTI party president Imran Khan, under Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan. It is being said in media reports that soon this committee will submit its report to the government.
Pakistan Supreme Court rejects Imran’s claims
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claims of conspiracy to change power. Khan was removed through a motion of no confidence on 10 April, but he refused to accept the Parliament’s decision. Khan accused the US of changing his government with the help of local allies.