Sharif’s money laundering case out the window

  • LHC dismisses 1991 illegal assets case against PM Nawaz Sharif


A five-member Lahore High Court (LHC) bench, headed by Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan, Friday disposed of a 24-year-old case seeking lifetime disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on accusations of illegally amassing foreign assets by plundering the national exchequer.

The case was originally filed in 1991 by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri who alleged that then prime minister Sharif laundered money out of Pakistan by “using his influence to illegally allot government land and plunder the national exchequer”.

During Friday’s proceedings, Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri argued that since Pakistan is an Islamic country and all decisions should be made in accordance with Islam, there should be no question of non-maintainability. He had requested the court to conduct investigations and bring back the money allegedly plundered by the premier, who should be disqualified from contesting elections.

Maintaining that courts take up matters in accordance with the law, the court declared the petition non-maintainable and disposed of the case.