ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday has dismissed National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea seeking inclusion of Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif’s name in Exit Control List (ECL).
According to details, a two-member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam heard the case and remarked that suspicious transactions don’t come under corruption.
The federal government had put Shehbaz Sharif on the ECL but his name was removed on the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) order. The anti-corruption watchdog had challenged the LHC’s verdict in the top court.
On the other hand, Shehbaz Sharif was presented before accountability court in money laundering case.
During the proceedings, the anti-graft watchdog has sought time for the submission of testimonies of approvers over which, the court adjourned the hearing.
On September 28, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team had arrested Shehbaz Sharif in money laundering case after Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected his bail plea.
A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court comprising Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem and Justice Farooq Haider heard the plea, during which Shehbaz Sharif’s lawyer presented his arguments.
Counsel of PML-N President argued that Shehbaz Sharif saved over Rs1,000 billion of national exchequer and never received his pay as a member of National Assembly.
No evidence was available against Shehbaz Sharif in money laundering case and none of the witnesses accused PML-N leader of the ill practice, he added.
According to the NAB investigation report, Chief Financial Officer of Sharif family Muhammad Usman laundered money for the Shehbaz family.
Muhammad Usman started working for the Sharif family in 2005 at Ramzan Sugar Mills for Rs 90,000 per month. In 2006, the Nawaz family acquired Hudaibiya Engineering from the Shehbaz family and in 2007, the Shehbaz family made more companies, including the Sharif Feed Mill, to expand their business.
The bank accounts of Shehbaz Sharif’s wife Nusrat Shehbaz and his sons were used for foreign remittances and loans. On the direction of Salman, Waqar Trading Company made fake foreign remittances of Rs 600 million. The entire amount was transferred to Salman Shehbaz’s personal account via cheque but it is not known where Salman receives his money from.