PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif (File photo)
LAHORE: Pakistani opposition leader in Parliament is PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif was released from prison on Friday after spending nearly eight months behind bars in two corruption cases filed against him by the country’s anti-graft agency.
Shahbaz, the younger brother of three-time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was released from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Prison on Friday afternoon, one day after an entire bench of the Lahore High Court granted him bail against the supply. two bail bonds worth 5 million rupees. every.
Many supporters of the Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) gathered outside the prison and showered in the car of the 69-year-old former chief minister. Punjab province with rose petals and chanted slogans against the premier Imran Khan.
Shahbaz was arrested in September 2020 for money laundering and activities beyond average since national responsibility office (NAB) after a Lahore court rejected his bail request in the money laundering case.
The NAB had claimed that Shahbaz’s family had assets of around Rs 16.5 million until 1990, which increased to over Rs 7 billion in 2018, which was disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Shahbaz’s attorney told the court that no investigation was pending against his client in these cases as the NAB had already filed a lawsuit against him, he should be leased.
Declaring Shahbaz’s release from prison “death of the false account of the responsibility of selected Prime Minister Imran Khan”, PML-N spokesman Marriyum Aurangzeb said: “The Lahore High Court judges not only stamped the innocence of Shahbaz Sharif, but they also exposed the malicious intent behind the fictional government. Boxes. ”
He said the release of the opposition leader to the National Assembly is the death of Khan’s false narrative about corruption.
“The court specifically asked NAB if it had any evidence or evidence to back up its allegations to prove that Shahbaz had somehow committed bribery in public money. But the government, like all other cases, had nothing to say. It had no nothing to say. because Shahbaz had served not only the people of Punjab but the whole of Pakistan religiously with devotion, diligence and transparency day after day. He had always assumed his position as prime minister as a sacred trust of the Pakistani people, “he said. . .
Aurangzeb said this bail on assets beyond the remedies against Shahbaz was a blow to Prime Minister Shehzad Akbar’s adviser.
“This bail is a medal of honor for Shahbaz Sharif and PML-N and is a resounding slap in the face of Imran Khan. The court had thrown all these allegations into the NAB-Niazi alliance solely on merit,” he said, adding that Khan in his obsession with inflicting damage on Shahbaz ended up damaging Pakistan at home and abroad.