PML-N President Essential Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif leaving after his listening to at an accountability court docket in Lahore, on April 1, 2021. — On-line/File

In a cash laundering probe that includes a sugar mill owned by the Sharif household, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday appeared earlier than the Federal Investigation Company (FIA)  to face an inquiry.

The discover despatched to the Opposition Chief within the Nationwide Meeting had requested for a response to Rs25 billion allegedly having been despatched to accounts of low-grade staff of the Ramzan Sugar Mill. A questionnaire of 20 gadgets was despatched by way of his advisor and Shahbaz was requested to ship responses alongside along with his signature.

In a one other inquiry, the FIA has summoned Hamza Shahbaz on June 24.

The FIA had summoned Shahbaz at 11am, nonetheless, the Opposition chief arrived for the inquiry at 11:47am.

Shahbaz and Hamza had earlier obtained pre-arrest bail until July 10 from a banking court docket. The court docket, in its written verdict, directed each to submit bail bonds of Rs1 million every. 

Within the occasion the quantity will not be submitted, FIA reserves the suitable to arrest Shahbaz and Hamza. It is usually incumbent upon each to seem earlier than the FIA each time summoned.

A five-member FIA workforce questioned him for half an hour, with Director FIA Punjab Zone-1 Dr Rizwan main the interrogation.

Safety was beefed up exterior the FIA workplaces previous to Shahbaz’s look. A big crowd of PML-N supporters gathered exterior the constructing.

As Shahbaz was leaving, officers referred to as him once more for a second time, sources mentioned, including that it was not clear on whose directions and why he was summoned once more. He was questioned for half an hour extra.

FIA officers kept away from commenting on the matter.

‘FIA-Niazi nexus’

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, talking to media on the event, mentioned the Opposition chief had been summoned because of the “FIA-Niazi nexus”.

“FIA’s workplace is Imran Khan’s workplace now, identical to NAB’s workplace was established at Prime Minister Home. However now, after the autumn of the NAB-Niazi nexus, the FIA-Niazi nexus has come into play,” she added.

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