Suleman Shehbaz, the son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and co-accused Muhammad Tahir Naqvi were summoned to court on Saturday after Bakht Fakhar Bahzad disapproved of the FIA’s investigation, which found that both had committed no crimes in connection with the alleged Rs16 billion money laundering case.
With instructions to present arguments on the acquittal requests of the aforementioned accused persons as well as others, the judge set March 4 as the date for the hearing. “I am of the opinion that the Investigation Officer in this instance has recorded the statements of 113 witnesses, and after a cursory review of their statements recorded according to Section 161 C.P.C.
After reviewing the available information, the judge stated, “I have right away observed that all witnesses had supported the prosecution story and 113 witnesses had pointed guns at accused Suleman Shehbaz Sharif and Syed Muhammad Tahir Naqvi, co-accused facing trial as perpetrator of the in question offence.
It is astounding that the IO did not even bother to look through the incriminating material already gathered by the IO of this case, let alone join them in the investigation, when conducting the investigation with regard to the accused Suleman Shehbaz and Syed Muhammad Tariq Naqvi, placing their names in column No. 2 of the report under section 173 Cr.P.C.