A special court on Wednesday acquitted Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and son Hamza Shehbaz in a 16 billion-money laundering case.
PM Shehbaz and his sons Hamza and Suleman had been named by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the money laundering case in 2020. Judge Ijaz Awan announced the verdict after the prosecution told the court no funds had been transferred into the accounts of the accused.
Suleman Sharif had been earlier declared proclaimed offender for regularly failing to appear before the court.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), in a tweet on its official handle, termed the proceedings “fabricated” which were bound to conclude. “Another fabricated case created for political victimisation comes to it’s inevitable end Alhumdulillah. Verily, falsehood is bound to perish as promised by the Almighty.”
PM Shehbaz hailed the verdict as the Almighty having done justice again in a tweet. He said the Sharifs stood vindicated before the people, the court and the law despite institutions having been held hostage and the power of the State having been employed against them.
Special Assistant to prime minister Attaullah Tarar said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan had to answer for squandering public finances. He asked who will be held accountable for the time the Shehbaz father and son had lost. Tarar said Shahzad Akbar had framed the prime minister in a false case on Imran’s directives. He said the verdict had buried the false corruption narrative of the PTI chairman. Tarar said Imran and his accomplices must think twice before terming anybody a crook. He said Imran was destined for nothing but ignominy.
Taking to microblogging, the PTI came all guns blazing. The party said since a cabal of crooks was ruling the roost now and courts were letting them off sans trial, “this offer” stood extended to all such elements. The party said those apiring to launder ill-gotten wealth must establish contact with Shehbaz Sharif “Cargo” company. The offer, the PTI said, comes with a money-back guarantee.
Another fabricated case created for political victimisation comes to it’s inevitable end Alhumdulillah. Verily, falsehood is bound to perish as promised by the Almighty. pic.twitter.com/wEHH2sMnad
— PML(N) (@pmln_org) October 12, 2022
حق ذات نے پھر فضل فرمایا، منی لانڈرنگ کے جھوٹے، بے بنیاد، سیاسی انتقام پر مبنی مقدمے سے بریت کا یہ دن دکھایا، اس پر اللہ تعالیٰ کا جتناشکر اداکریں، کم ہے۔ بدترین چیرہ دستیوں، ریاستی قوت کے استعمال اور اداروں کو یرغمال بنانے کے باوجود ہم عدالت، قانون اور عوام کے سامنے سرخرو ہوئے۔
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) October 12, 2022
اب جبکہ ریاست کی باگ دوڑ ان ڈاکوؤں کے ہاتھوں میں دی جا چکی ہے اور عدالت سے بھی یہ ڈاکو بغیر ٹرائل بری ہوتے جا رہے ہیں تو یہ آفر اب ملک بھر کے تمام ڈاکوؤں کے لیے اوپن ہے
اپنے کالے دھن کی منی لانڈرنگ کے لیے رابطہ کریں شہباز شریف کارگو کمپنی سے.
این ار او 2 کی منی بیک گارنٹی کے ساتھ pic.twitter.com/jz8BtMbpQh
— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 12, 2022
funny how cases are instituted against you when in opposition, and promptly disposed off in your favor when you are back in power.