Shahbaz Sharif's son Hamza arrested by NAB officials outside Lahore court

Shahbaz Sharif's son Hamza arrested by NAB officials outside Lahore court

Shahbaz Sharif's son Hamza arrested by NAB officials outside Lahore court

By / World News / Wednesday, 12 June 2019 07:30

Opposition leader in Pakistan’s Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz was arrested on Tuesday outside the Lahore High Court by the officials of the country’s anti-graft body in cases related to money laundering and corruption.

The arrest took place after a two-member Lahore High Court Bench dismissed bail applications filed by Hamza, 44, after his lawyer opted to withdraw the pleas in two corruption cases.

The supporters of both PML-N and Pakistan Peoples Party held demonstrations in Lahore and other parts of Punjab province against the arrest of their top leaders.

The opposition says the arrests of its top leadership will not stop it from launching a movement against the government that has failed to deliver on every front and is making the lives of Pakistanis miserable.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz vice president is under investigation by the National Accountability Bureau  in the Ramzan Sugar Mills, Saaf Paani project and assets beyond known means of income cases.

“I will quit politics if it is proven that I was involved in corrupt practices,” said Hamza whose father is also facing corruption cases but he is out on bail.

The lawyers are also gearing up for launching a drive against the government for sending references against two ‘upright’ judges for possessing off-shore properties.

The Supreme Court Bar Association has given a country-wide protest call against the government’s action on June 14.

On April 5, the accountability watchdog had failed in its bid to arrest Hamza in a case of money laundering and owning assets beyond means  as it faced strong resistance from the Sharif family’s security men as well as PML-N supporters.

According to sources privy to NAB’s investigation, the illegally accumulated assets are worth Rs 85 billion to Rs 100 billion and were bought during Shebaz’s tenure as the Punjab chief minister.

In the Ramzan Sugar Mills corruption case, Shehbaz and his son Hamza are accused of “fraudulently and dishonestly” causing a Rs 213 million loss to the national exchequer.

Shehbaz was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau in October 2018 and released on bail on February 14.

His brother and three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  has been serving a seven-year prison term at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 when an accountability court convicted him in one of the three corruption cases filed in the wake of the apex court’s July 28, 2017 order in Panama Papers case.


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