Shehbaz Sharif to appear in money laundering case today

Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) President and former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif is expected to appear before National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in money laundering case today.

The opposition leader has been called for questioning regarding the exponential increase in Sharif family’s property from 1998 to 2018.

Furthermore, NAB has expressed concerns regarding  the properties and assets inherited by Shehbaz Sharif. The accountability watchdog has demanded Shehbaz Sharif’s bank details along with the loans secured from Barclays Bank between 2005 and 2007.

Shehbaz Sharif has already filed a petition for pre-arrest bail in Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday, in assets beyond means and money laundering investigations against him by NAB.

His lawyer,  Azam Nazir Tarar filed the petition on his behalf contending that  that the investigation had been pending for the last 16 months but the bureau had not yet filed any reference, meanwhile Shehbaz Sharif has extended full cooperation with NAB authorities and has been appearing whenever called for questioning.

“In absence of any evidence worth name to suggest any nexus between amassing of assets and abuse or misuse of office, an offence in terms of section 9(a)(v) of NAO 1999 cannot be attracted,” read the petition.

A two-member bench of LHC comprising  of  Justice Tariq Abbasi and Justice Farooq Haider, will hear the case today.