Shehbaz lashes out at PTI govt over corruption allegations against him, family

Shehbaz lashes out at PTI govt over corruption allegations against him, family

Lahore (Web Desk): Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday lashed out at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government for levelling vicious allegations of corruption against him and his family in the wake of a British court’s recent ruling.

Addressing a press conference, the PML-N leader said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) made the allegations but they failed to prove corruption of even a single penny against him and his elder brother and former premier Nawaz Sharif.

“Such malicious campaign by the government had not only brought disrespect to the country but also wasted the time of public” Shehbaz said.

Shehbaz Sharif said that he was sent to jail twice during the last three years.

Quoting reference from the documents of the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), he said that Asset Recovery Unit (ARU), which is headed by PM’s advisor Shahzad Akbar, had requested for the probe in Britain.

The opposition leader in the National Assembly said that NCA examined financial data of his and his children’s bank accounts and could not find any evidence of money laundering and corrupt practices.

Criticising Prime Minister Imran Khan, Shehbaz Sharif said that “NAB-Niazi” nexus is a fixed match.

“Those who are portraying themselves to be sadiq and ameen spent millions of rupees to defame Sharif family, the PML-N leader said.

Earlier this month, a court in the United Kingdom (UK) had ordered the unfreezing of Shahbaz Sharif and his family's bank accounts for lack of evidence of corruption and money laundering.

The NCA had unfroze the bank accounts of former Punjab chief minister and those of his son, Suleman Sharif, on Monday.

The UK’s top agency reviewed Sharifs’ financial matter spanning 20 years in its 21-mont-long investigation.

The probe had been launched on a request made by the Government of Pakistan, the (NAB), and an asset-recovery unit.

The British court had frozen the bank accounts of Shehbaz Sharif and his son in 2019 when the investigation had been launched against them.