Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called himself “Majnu” in court. The reason is here

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called himself

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called himself “Majnu” during a court hearing. (File)

Lahore:

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif today testified in a special court hearing in a Rs 16 billion money laundering case against him that he refused to accept any salary when he was the chief minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province.Majnu“To do that.

Shahbaz Sharif and his sons – Hamza and Suleiman – were indicted by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in November 2020 under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Hamza Sharif is currently the Chief Minister of the Punjab province of Pakistan and Suleiman Sharif is living in the United Kingdom.

The FIA ​​investigation has identified 28 anonymous accounts, alleged by the Shahbaz family, through which Pakistani rupees 14 billion (USD 75 million) were smuggled from 2008 to 2018.

The FIA ​​has examined the Money Trail of 17,000 credit transactions.

According to the complaint, the amount was kept in a “hidden account” and given to Shahbaz Sharif in his personal capacity.

During the hearing, Shahbaz Sharif said, “I have not taken anything from the government in 12.5 years, and in this case, there are allegations against me of smuggling 2.5 million rupees.”

“Allah has made me the prime minister of this country Majnu (Foolish) and I did not receive my legal rights, my salary and benefits, “Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper quoted him as saying.

He recalled that the secretary had sent him a note for sugar exports when he was the chief minister of Punjab, while he had set export limits and rejected the notes, the report said.

Shahbaz Sharif first became the Chief Minister of Punjab in 1997 when his brother Nawaz Sharif was the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Shahbaz Sharif spent eight years in exile in Saudi Arabia with his family before returning to Pakistan in 2007 after the 1999 coup of General Pervez Musharraf and the fall of the Nawaz Sharif government.

He became the Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab for a second term in 2008 and occupied the same slot for the third time in 2013.

“My family has lost PKR 2 billion because of my decision. I am telling you the reality. While my son’s ethanol production plant was being set up, I also decided to impose tariffs on ethanol. It has cost my family PKR 800 million a year. The government withdrew the notification saying it was unfair to the sugar mill, “he claimed.

The prime minister’s lawyer argued that the laundering case was “politically motivated” and “based on malicious intent” by the then Imran Khan-led government.

During the previous hearing on May 21, the special court had issued arrest warrants against Suleiman Sharif in the case after extending the interim bail of Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Sharif till May 28.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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