Hamza Shahbaz gets arrested after cancellation of bail

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NAB arrests Hamza Shahbaz from Lahore High Court in money laundering and Ramzan Sugar Mill Case.

The anti-graft watchdog has arrested the leader of the opposition in provincial assembly Hamza Shahbaz as of today. Hamza was arrested from inside of Lahore High Court in two cases regarding assets beyond means and money laundering.

“I’ll quit politics if it is proved that I was involved in corrupt practices,” said Hamza Shahbaz while talking to media before his arrest. He further challenged that not even a ‘one rupee’ corruption can be proven against him. The arrest comes after a day following the arrest of former President of Pakistan and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari. NAB had already made so many attempts to arrest Hamza.

Also see: FIA Stops Hamza Shahbaz Sharif from Leaving the Country

On April 5 and 6 due to the strong resistance, it faced from the security men of Sharif family and PML-N supporters anti-graft watchdog could not arrest Hamza. Today’s arrest took place after the lawyer of Hamza Shahbaz withdrew the application for the extension of bail plea in both the cases against him.

The two-member bench of LHC headed by the Justice Mazahir Ali Naqwi retracted Hamza’s interim bail. A large number of PML-N supporters and workers chanted slogans after Hamza was taken into custody. He has been taken to NAB’s headquarters at Thokar Niaz Baig.

 

 

The workers of PML-N have damaged the mirrors and doors of the Lahore High Court following the arrest of their leader. The workers have also blocked the Mall Road and expressed their anger by burning the tires on the road. But for now, the traffic flow is normal in the area. During the last hearing, Justice Naqvi had expressed displeasure over the sloganeering by PML-N workers and asked, ” Why doesn’t Hamza join the probe like a common man?”.

 

Minister for Science and Technology has called the arrest as a part of ongoing accountability procedure. He asked the workers of supporters of PPP and PML-N that on what moral grounds they are supporting their party leaders. He mentioned that the public money was being plundered under the benami accounts.

“FIA had checked 5000 bank accounts and found that all the plundered money from these 5000 accounts was being shifted into 31 other accounts. Finally, the money of these accounts was found linked with Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal house,” he further said regarding the arrest of the former president of Pakistan. Similarly, Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz were looting public money and transferring it into their foreign accounts.

Maryam Nawaz reacts to the arrest of Hamza

“Making arrests to distract public attention from historical failures like economic survey and budget won’t save you from anger and rage of the people,” said Maryam Nawaz in response to the arrest of her cousin Hamza Shahbaz by NAB. She has said that NAB has crossed all the limits of injustice. She also said that the timely spectacle will come to an end soon at God’s will!

She also quoted the video of Hamza Shahbaz and commented, “Well done Hamza!”

Another Twitter user commented on the arrest of Hamza Shahbaz saying, “looking visibly stressed as he prepares to enter the National Assembly, hours after his son is arrested.”

 

 

What do think about the arrest of Hamza Shahbaz? Will it help in bringing the plundered money back to Pakistan? Leave your comments

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