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FIA accuses Shehbaz, family members of laundering Rs25 billion

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) accused the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and his family members of laundering about Rs25 billion using the bank accounts of employees working for Ramzan Sugar Mills and Al-Arabia Sugar Mills.

On June 15, The FIA’s Anti-Corruption Circle issued a notice to the PML-N president, asking him to appear in person before its investigators on June 22 and also bring relevant documents with him.

The PML-N leader appeared before FIA’s five-member team today, led by FIA Punjab Zone-1 Director Dr Rizwan, at its Lahore office.

The agency had also summoned Shehbaz’s son, Hamza Shehbaz. A day before, an additional district and sessions judge granted pre-arrest bail to both PML-N leaders in the multi-billion sugar scam.

According to the FIA, Shehbaz and his family members laundered money using 20 bank accounts of peons, clerks, cashiers and warehouse managers employed in the sugar mills.

About Rs2.70 billion was laundered in the name of peon Maqsood and about Rs2.80 billion was laundered in the name of Haji Naeem.

The anti-corruption watchdog further added that about Rs2.5 billion was laundered in the name of another employee working as a driver whereas about Rs1.75 billion was laundered in the name of a peon named Aslam.

The FIA further claimed that about Rs4.5 billion was laundered in the name of clerks Azhar and Ghulam Shabir Hayat.

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