Shehbaz seeks exemption from court appearance in NAB cases


LAHORE: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday filed an application before an accountability court seeking exemption from physical appearance in Wednesday’s hearing of the Ramzan Sugar Mills and money laundering cases.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president, through his lawyer, filed the application, stating that he is in Islamabad owing to the ongoing budget session of the National Assembly hence unable to appear before the court.

“Sharif, being the opposition leader in the lower house of Parliament, has a constitutional role to play, therefore, be exempted from personal appearance in today’s hearing,” the appeal read.

Earlier, on June 13, the PML-N president had shown up before the court for the first time after his return from London.

The court was hearing cases pertaining to the Ashiana Housing Scheme and Ramazan Sugar Mills. Judge Jawad ul Hassan presided over the proceedings.

Taking notice of the absence of the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz, the judge directed NAB to present him before the court at the next hearing scheduled for June 26 (today).

The corruption watchdog had arrested Hamza Shehbaz after the Lahore High Court dismissed his bail petitions in three cases on June 11.