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Court adjours money laundering case against Shehbaz Sharif, son till March 4

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LAHORE: An accountability court on Friday after recording statements of four prosecution witnesses in the money laundering reference against the family of Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and deferred further hearing of reference till March 4.

The witnesses testified included Salman Saeed, Rizwan Saeed, Kashif Ali and Kashif Islam.Shehbaz Sharif appeared before the court while his co-accused son Hamza Shahbaz sought a one-time exemption from personal appearance due to health reasons.The court allowed this application filed of Hamza.

In the reference, the NAB alleged that the family members and benamidars of Shehbaz received fake foreign remittances of billions in their personal bank accounts. It said billions of rupees were laundered by way of foreign pay orders, which were deposited in bank accounts of his sons Hamza and Suleman.Other co-suspects are Nisar Ahmad, Qasim Qayum, Rashid Karamat, Masroor Anwar, Fazal Dad Abbasi and Shoaib Qamar.

They are alleged bemanidars and business partners of the Shehbaz family.

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A number of workers of the PML-N gathered outside the court to express solidarity with Shehbaz and chanted slogans against the government and showered rose petals on the vehicle of Shehbaz.

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