PAKISTAN NEWS: The court ordered Punjab govt to use a bullet-proof vehicle for Shahbaz Sharif

LAHORE: A court in Lahore on Thursday issued an order to the provincial government to bring PML-Shah President Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz to a bulletproof vest instead of an administrative court hearing.

The order was issued by Supreme Court of Justice Jawad-ul-Hassan during a recent hearing on Shahbaz Sharif’s latest application on his money laundering case.

According to sources, Home Secretary Punjab and SP security were present during the hearing.

On November 11, a court hearing in Lahore charged Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz and others with money laundering. The suspects, however, denied the allegations.

Speaking to the media outside the court, Shahbaz had dismissed the NAB charges as “baseless” and called them politically motivated.

The former prime minister is accused of amassing assets worth Rs7,328 million by colluding with his alleged family members, benamidars, dignitaries and nearby associations and formulating a system of money laundering.

The anti-graft watchdog has identified 20 people on the list – Shahbaz’s wife Nusrat, his sons Hamza and Suleman, and daughters Rabia Imran and Javeria Ali.

NAB accused PML-N president of corruption as proposed under the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 and money laundering as defined in the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010. in addition to known financial sources.

On September 29, Shahbaz was arrested by the NAB after the Lahore High Court (LHC) denied his bail in a money laundering case.

The PML-N president was previously arrested on October 5, 2018, in another case involving Ramzan Sugar Mills and the Ashiana Housing Scheme. He was in the custody of an anti-crime watchdog during a money laundering investigation.

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