The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday decided not to prosecute Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Prime Minister Hamza Shehbaz for Rs16 billion in fines three days before a Lahore special court is set to launch allegations against PML leaders. N.
According to a written request to the court, the FIA director general (DG), through an investigating officer, has instructed Special Prosecutor Sikander Zulqarnain Saleem not to appear in court as “the accused in this case will be elected prime minister of Pakistan. And prime minister of the Punjab”.
“The relevant courts have no interest in prosecuting the accused,” he said, requesting that the orders be made part of the case report.
Earlier this week, former FIA director Mohammad Rizwan, who was investigating allegations against Shehbaz and his son, died of a heart attack.
The FIA had booked PM Shehbaz and her sons, Hamza and Suleman, in November 2020 under sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 34 and 109 of the Fraud Prevention Act and read with -3/4 of the Financial Management Act. Suleman Shehbaz is not in the UK.
Fourteen others were also presented to the FIR under sections 5 (2) and 5 (3) (criminal misconduct) of the Anti-Corruption Prevention Act.
A special court on Jan 27 granted Shehbhaz and Hamza pre-trial bail.
After the agency submitted its application yesterday, the court took the request on record and filed it in the case.
Meanwhile, Saleem said the prosecutor had withdrawn from the case as Shehbaz and Hamza had now taken over the government. “FIA officials did not show any interest in the case of Shehbaz, Hamza and others,” he added.
The move comes just three days before the court filed a lawsuit against the prime minister and prime minister of Punjab on May 14. made up.
“Obviously [the] the next day of the trial, trial[s] it will be planned and all the accused will ensure their personal presence, said the written order.
Accusations against Shebaz, Hamza
The FIA in December 2021 filed a lawsuit against Shehbaz and Hamza in a special court case over their involvement in the R16 billion bailout of a sugar fraud case.
“The research team found 28 benami accounts of the Shehbaz family where the sale of Rs16.3bn was made during 2008-18. The FIA has tracked down 17,000 credit transactions,” according to a FIA report filed. on the court.
The amount was kept in “secret accounts” and given to Shehbhaz in his place, the report added.
This money (Rs16bn) has nothing to do with the sugar industry (of the Shehbaz family). The money received from Shehbaz ‘low-paid employees’ accounts was transferred out of Pakistan through check / hawala networks, ultimately for the benefit of his family members, the FIA alleged.
“Eleven low-paid employees of Sharif’s group who were holding and handling ’embezzlement in the name of the main accused, have been found guilty of facilitating money laundering.