FIA Gives 'Clean Chit' To Suleman Shehbaz In Money Laundering Case

FIA Gives 'Clean Chit' To Suleman Shehbaz In Money Laundering Case
The Federal Investigation Agency on Saturday gave a 'clean chit' to Suleman Shehbaz, son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in the Rs16 billion money-laundering case over 'lack of evidence' against the accused.

Special Judge Central Bakht Fakhar Behzad heard the case related to pre-arrest bail plea of the accused, who appeared in the court after completing his interim bail.

Special Prosecutor Farooq Bajwa and investigation officer also appeared during the aforesaid hearing.

The FIA produced the challan concerning the accused, saying it could not find any evidence of money laundering or kickbacks against him.

It further stated that no evidence of involvement of Suleman or Tahir Naqvi was found in the case. The hearing was subsequently adjourned until February 4.

The money laundering case had no substance to it following Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz' acquittal in the case, according to an analysis last month.

Analysts said the former military regime was in one way or the other involved in obstructing Suleman’s return to the country.

It is possible that the ex-Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was using it as a card for extension in his term, they added.

In October last year, a special court acquitted the premier and his son Hamza in the money laundering case.

They had been named by the FIA in the case in 2020. Judge Ijaz Awan had announced the verdict after the prosecution told the court no funds had been transferred into the accounts of the accused.

Suleman was earlier declared a proclaimed offender for regularly failing to appear before the court.

The PML-N had termed the charges “fabricated” which were bound to conclude. “Another fabricated case created for political victimisation comes to it’s inevitable end,” the party had said, as the critical case had come to its conclusion.