Monday, December 11, 2023

FIA accused Shahbaz Sharif of accepting Rs 5 million bribe

The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Anti-Corruption Circle filed a challan against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif in a banking court on Monday, accusing him of accepting 5 million, two checks totaling 2.5 million each as a bribe to a party worker in 2013.

Shahbaz Sharif received two cheques for Rs 2.5 million each from a PML-N worker in Gujrat named Aurangzaib Butt, according to the challan, who gave the cheques to Shehbaz Sharif in the name of the party’s money, according to the challan. Shehbaz Sharif was not charged with any crime.

A year after reportedly accepting a bribe for Rs5 million, Shahbaz Sharif elevated Aurangzaib Butt to the position of head of the Gujrat Development Committee. Butt’s appointment as chairman had been announced by Attaullah Tarar, who served as PSO to the Punjab Chief Minister.

Also noted on the receipt were the words “the money received had been placed into the account of Gulzar Ahmed (late), who had been employed as a peon at Ramzan Sugar Mills at the time of the transaction.” In this case, Shahbaz Sharif managed the account, and even after the murder of the peon, Shahbaz’s cash boy Masroor Anwar took money out of the account a further four times, putting the account in danger.

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According to the challan, this case is distinct from those involving money laundering and assets with no recognized source of income.

The statement of Ishaq Dar in the Panama JIT report, according to the challan, was a significant piece of proof indicating Shahbaz’s involvement in money laundering.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said in its challan that Shahbaz Sharif, as a public office bearer, must be held accountable for his acts and decisions and that he should be sentenced to seven years in prison and have his property confiscated.

Cases against Shahbaz Sharif and his family members involving massive money laundering and assets in excess of reported income are already being heard in court. The National Accountability Bureau asserted that the Shahbaz Sharif family inherited just Ramzan Sugar Mills, despite the fact that their assets were valued at approximately Rs16.5 million prior to 1990. Although their holdings reached Rs7 billion in 2018, the Shahbaz family’s assets grew swiftly when the family received telegraphic transfers (TTs) from overseas sources.

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