Assets, money laundering case: LHC extends Shehbaz Sharif interim bail till Sept 22.

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench on Monday extended interim bail of Opposition Leader In National Assembly Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in assets beyond means and money laundering case till September 22.

The bench, headed by Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem, heard the pre-arrest bail petition, filed by Shehbaz Sharif.

As the proceedings started, Shehbaz Sharif, along with his counsel Azam Nazir Tarar and Amjad Pervaiz , appeared before the bench whereas Special Prosecutor Syed Faisal Raza Bukhari appeared on behalf of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Advocate Azam Tarar argued before the bench that the bureau had filed a reference against Shehbaz Sharif in assets beyond means and money laundering case before an accountability court. He requested that the reference should be made part of the record, adding that a civil miscellaneous application had been filed for the purpose.

To which, the NAB prosecutor submitted that the bureau did not have any objection over it and the reference would be placed on record.

The petitioner's counsel submitted that the bureau had not provided grounds for arrest, adding that the same should also be placed on record. He submitted that Shehbaz Sharif remained in the bureau custody but the money laundering case was not initiated at that time.

At this stage, Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem asked the petitioner's counsel Azam Nazir Tarar to start his arguments.

However, the counsel submitted that the grounds of arrest were important as he could not proceed further in its absence.

The bench asked the NAB prosecutor why the bureau wanted to arrest Shehbaz Sharif.

The prosecutor stated that investigations were in progress in the money laundering case while submitting warrants for arrest of Shehbaz Sharif. He submitted that Shehbaz had properties abroad but he failed to disclose their sources. He submitted that Shehbaz Sharif had told the bureau that he would provide details after his visit abroad.

However, Shehbaz Sharif stated that the bureau officials had told him that the investigations had been completed to his extent.

At this, Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem asked the petitioner's counsel to start his arguments, adding that the court would seek grounds of arrest and reply, if it considered necessary.

Shehbaz Sharif's counsel Advocate Amjad Pervaiz stated that the NAB Punjab director general approved an inquiry into 56 public sector companies illegally while using the NAB chairman powers. He submitted that...

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