FIA drops cases against PM Shehbaz, CM Hamza

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The Federal Investigation Agency has announced not to pursue money laundering cases against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz.

Special Court Judge Ijaz Hassan Awan issued in a written order at the request of the agency’s prosecutor and also made the request by the FIA prosecution team a part of the case record.

The written order issued by the court states that following the previous hearing of the case on April 11, FIA Special Prosecutor Sikandar Zulqarnain filed a petition of ‘no interest’ in the trial.

Zulqarnain further stated that DG FIA had asked the investigating officer to not appear in the case against the premier.

“The concerned FIA officials show no interest in the trial against Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz and others,” the persecutor prayed.

Shehbaz and his sons — Hamza and Suleman — were booked by FIA in November 2020 under Sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 34 and 109 of the PPC and 5(2) and 5(3) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and r/w 3/4 of Anti Money Laundering Act.

Fourteen others were also named in the FIR under Sections 5(2) and 5(3) (criminal misconduct) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, read with 3/4 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

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