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PM’s son Suleman Shehbaz to return to Pakistan after ending over 4-year London exile

ISLAMABAD: Suleman Shehbaz, the son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has decided to return to the country and sought protective bail on Wednesday from the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

In a petition to the IHC, filed by Suleman’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz, two weeks’ protective bail was sought in a money laundering case registered against him.

Suleman has stated in a petition that he is a “businessman” and has “never been a public office-holder. He also maintained that a “baseless” and “false case of money laundering” has been filed against him.

The petitioner also claimed that “all shares” remain registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and that he had never received a notice from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

“I have been residing in the United Kingdom since 2018,” the petition stated, adding that the FIA filed a case against him in his absence.

The FIA had registered a case against then-opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif and his sons Hamza and Suleman in November 2020 under Sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 34 and 109 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and r/w 3/4 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

In December 2021, the agency had submitted a challan against Shehbaz and Hamza over their alleged involvement in a Rs16 billion money laundering case.

The FIA’s report had alleged that Shehbaz family had 28 benami accounts, which were detected by an investigation team.

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