Wednesday, February 1, 2023

PM’s son returned to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD ( Associated Press) – A son of Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on Sunday to face corruption charges in 2020.

Ata Tarar, a spokeswoman for Sharif’s Islamic League party, said Sulaiman Shahbaz returned from London, first reached Islamabad and then flew to his hometown Lahore after meeting his father at the prime minister’s residence.

Suleman Shahbaz’s lawyers managed to get him released on bail till Tuesday. The measure prevents the police from arresting him until then, so that he has time to turn himself in before trial.

Sharif and his two sons, Hamza and Sulaiman, were charged with corruption and money laundering in November 2020 by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore. Suleman had gone to London ahead of the 2018 general election after the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission registered several cases against him.

Sharif and Hamza were acquitted by a court in October, but Sulaiman was never prosecuted after he moved to London. All three are accused of laundering 16.3 billion rupees (about $ 200 million) between 2008 and 2018.

In Pakistan, members of various governments have tried to attack their rivals by filing court cases against them to keep them busy with legal work and away from the political scene.

Sharif, the brother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was recently elected prime minister by the Pakistani parliament after days of political turmoil in which Imran Khan was ousted.

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