PM Shehbaz Sharif’s Son Arrives In Pakistan After 4 Years In Self-Exile
Suleman Shehbaz, son of Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, arrived in Pakistan early Sunday morning after four years in exile.
His visit to Pakistan comes days after the Islamabad High Court banned the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FIA) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from arresting him in a reference to excess. vehicle after he arrived in the country, Dawn reported.
The court issued the notice while hearing Suleman Shehbaz’s bail request to allow him to surrender before the trial court. Shehbaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (N) Party shared a video of Suleman Shehbaz returning home on Twitter.
The video shows Suleman Shehbaz meeting his father and the two hugging. In the video, Shehbaz Sharif ties a wreath for Suleman. Attaullah Tarar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) is also present in the video. Mr. Tarar also posted a video of Suleman Shehbaz returning to Pakistan on Twitter.
On Thursday, the Islamabad High Court directed Suleman Shehbaz to surrender before the court by December 13. The court’s decision came after Suleman Shehbaz asked the IHC through his attorney Amjad Pervaiz to be at court. two weeks in a money-laundering case as he made the decision to end his life in exile in London, The News International reported.
Suleman Shehbaz has asked the court to allow him to be released on bail so that he can appear before the court after he arrives in Pakistan, as reported by The News International. Mr. Pervaiz informed the court that Suleman Shehbaz will arrive in Islamabad on December 11 and also submit his ticket to the court.
Notably, Suleman Shehbaz has lived in London with his family since 2018 after the National Accountability Bureau registered multiple cases against him ahead of the general election. He left Pakistan after appearing in several hearings and has lived in London since 2018.
Before returning to Pakistan, Suleman released a statement in which he said he was forced to leave Pakistan for his safety, as reported by Dawn. Suleman Shehbaz claimed that “fake and manipulated cases” were filed against him and his family to “facilitate a new political order.”
Suleman Shehbaz stressed that the cases are “the worst example of political witch hunts and political victims.” Furthermore, he stated that the cases were “staged by the National Accountability Bureau under former NAB president Javed Iqbal and the Asset Recovery Unit.”
In June 2020, NAB seized Suleman’s shares worth Rs 2 billion in 16 companies along with a cash amount of Rs 4.1 million and 10 agricultural plots and plots spread across the country. 209 channels, according to Dawn. NAB said assets worth Rs3.3 billion were identified and illegally obtained by Suleman, their brother Hamza Shehbaz and their father Shehbaz Sharif.
The FIA in a report presented to the court in 2021 said the investigative team had identified “28 benamidar accounts of the Shehbaz family,” according to the news release. A warrant for Suleman’s arrest was issued on May 28, however, the FIA told the court they could not arrest him because he was abroad.
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