Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was given a permanent exemption from testifying in the money laundering case by an accountability court on Monday in Lahore.While accepting the premier’s plea, Judge Qamar us Zaman gave the PM permission to designate a representative to represent him in court.
On the other hand, the opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly, Hamza Shahbaz, was also given a one-day respite by the court.The National Accountability Bureau was also ordered by the court to respond to Hamza’s request for a lifetime exemption from appearing.
What does this have to do with money laundering?
While serving as Punjab’s chief minister, PM Shehbaz is accused of conspiring with family members, benamidars, front people, and other close associates to amass assets worth Rs7,328 million as well as of creating a sophisticated money-laundering network.
Twenty people have been named in the referral by the anti-corruption watchdog, including Shahbaz’s wife Nusrat, his sons Hamza and Suleman, and daughters Rabia Imran and Javeria Ali.