An accountability court on Friday after defence cross-examined prosecution witness postponed till November 19, the hearing of the money laundering reference against opposition leader in National Assembly Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz.
Perpetrator Hamza who is leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly appeared before the court but his father did not.
The accused counsel sought a one-time exemption from appearance for Shehbaz as he was in Islamabad due to the joint session of the parliament.
The court allowed this application of Shehbaz and amza was also allowed to leave after the court’s staff marked his attendance as he had to attend a funeral.
Defence counsel completed cross-examination of prosecution witness Syed Tayab Zawar, an official of the election commission of Pakistan.
The court also directed to the prosecution to produce more witness on next date of hearing.
In the money laundering reference, the NAB alleged that the family members and benamidars of Shehbaz received fake foreign remittances of billions in their personal bank accounts. In addition to these remittances, the bureau said, billions of rupees were laundered by way of foreign pay orders, which were deposited in personal bank accounts of his sons Hamza and Suleman.
In the reference of Ramzan Sugar Mills, the NAB alleged that Shehbaz, being chief minister of Punjab, issued a directive for the construction of a drain in district Chiniot mainly for the use of the sugar mills owned by his sons. It said Rs200 million was spent for this purpose from the public money.
Shahbaz, his wife Nusrat and son Hamza had been indicted in the case and being out of the country, Nusrat Shahbaz with court permission joined the trial proceedings through a pleader.