Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif calls himself ‘majnoo’, tells court docket he refused wage as Punjab CM – Occasions of India

LAHORE: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif testified on Saturday in a particular court docket listening to within the PKR 16 billion cash laundering case towards him that he had refused to take any wage when he was the chief minister of Punjab province, and termed himself a “majnoo” for doing so. Shehbaz and his sons – Hamza and Suleman – had been booked by the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) in November 2020 beneath numerous sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Anti-Cash Laundering Act. Hamza is at present the chief minister of Punjab province, whereas Suleman is absconding and residing within the UK. The FIA investigation has detected 28 benami accounts, allegedly of the Shehbaz household, by means of which an quantity of PKR 14 billion ($75 million) was laundered from 2008 to 2018. The FIA examined the cash path of 17,000 credit score transactions. The quantity was stored in “hidden accounts” and given to Shehbaz in his private capability, in response to the fees. “I’ve not taken something from the federal government in 12.5 years, and on this case, I’m accused of laundering Rs 2.5 million,” Shehbaz mentioned through the listening to. “God has made me the Prime Minister of this nation. I’m a majnoo (idiot) and I didn’t take my authorized proper, my wage and advantages,” the Daybreak newspaper quoted him as saying. He recalled that the secretary had despatched a notice to him for sugar exports throughout his tenure as Punjab chief minister, when he had set an export restrict and rejected the notes, the report mentioned. Shehbaz first turned chief minister of Punjab in 1997 when his brother Nawaz was the Prime Minister. Following Basic Pervez Musharraf’s coup in 1999 toppling the Nawaz Sharif authorities, Shehbaz together with the household spent eight years in exile in Saudi Arabia earlier than returning to Pakistan in 2007. He wore the hat of Punjab chief minister for the second time period in 2008 and he grabbed the identical slot for the third time in 2013. “My household misplaced PKR 2 billion due to my choice. I’m telling you the truth. When my son’s ethanol manufacturing plant was being arrange, I nonetheless determined to impose an obligation on ethanol. My household misplaced PKR 800 million yearly due to that call. The earlier authorities withdrew that notification stating that it was injustice with the sugar mills,” he claimed. The Prime Minister’s counsel argued that the laundering case was “politically motivated” and “primarily based on mala fide intentions” by the erstwhile authorities headed by Imran Khan. In the course of the earlier listening to on Might 21, the particular court docket had issued arrest warrants towards Suleman, within the case after extending the interim bails of Shehbaz and Hamza until Might 28.