Not even single penny of corruption: Pakistan PM tells court in multi-million dollar case
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appeared before a Lahore court in a money laundering case and said he never received any kickbacks on any project during his tenure as chief minister.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his sons were booked in November 2020 (Photo: File)
By India Today Web Desk: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday appeared before a court in Lahore and said he never committed a single penny of corruption during his tenure as chief minister of Punjab.
A special court in Lahore was hearing the multi-million dollar money laundering case in which Shehbaz Sharif, his sons Hamza and Suleman are the accused, PTI reported. The court had earlier granted pre-arrest bails to both Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza.
The Pakistan prime minister and his sons were booked in November 2020 under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Anti-Money Laundering Act in a Rs 16 billion money laundering case.
“I never committed a single penny of corruption nor received any kickbacks in any project during my tenure as the chief minister of Punjab. During my tenure, I would give up my salary and other perks amounting to Rs 100 million,” Shehbaz Sharif told the special court on Saturday.
The counsel, appearing for Sharif, added that the indictment of the PM and his son was not possible in this case as it lacked evidence. The court adjourned the hearing till October 11.
The court has already declared Shehbaz Sharif’s younger son Suleman a proclaimed offender in the case. Shehbaz often says Suleman looks after the family business.
(With input from PTI)