FIA given ‘last chance’
to file challan
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LAHORE: A special court in Lahore gave on Saturday the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) a “last chance” to file its challan against Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and others in a money laundering case.

Shehbaz and Punjab Assembly opposition leader Hamza Shehbaz turned up in court as Judge Sardar Tahir Sabir resumed hearing. The court extended their interim pre-arrest bail until Dec 11.

At the hearing today, the court enquired about the case challan. The investigation officer complained that a key accused, Mohammad Usman, has obtained bail and is not appearing before the agency for investigation.

The court ordered all the accused to join the FIA investigation, giving the investigators a last chance to file the case challan. Upon failure to submit the charge-sheet, the entire probe team will be served a show-cause notice, the judge warned.

Rigging the election

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Friday accused the government of rigging during prayer timings for passage of the National Accountability Amendment Bill 2021. Shehbaz took to Twitter and stated that “Approval of NAB supplementary bill after bulldozing legislation in the joint sitting of Parliament is open malice”, adding that “like thieves made use of Namaz time, government passed the NAB supplementary bill via rigging”.

Shahbaz went on to state that government’s “dictatorial traditions have turned Parliament into an arena, which is regrettable and reprehensible”.

“This is not legislation, it is a terrible joke played with Parliament, Constitution and the people,” he stated. “Even Namaz time was not spared for rigging. Is this the democracy and transparency [you claim to uphold]?” he questioned. He added that “Getting the NAB bill approved by introducing a supplementary agenda is a fascist move by a fascist government”

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Parliamentary Advisory Group has backed the Party President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif’s decision to challenge the ‘illegal and unconstitutional bulldozing’ of legislation by the PTI regime through joint session of the Parliament.

Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif

The important meeting of the Parliamentary Advisory Group of the PML-N was held here on Friday in the Opposition Chamber of the Parliament House.

PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif presided over the meeting which was attended by senior leadership of the party. The meeting discussed issue of bulldozing the government’s legislation in a joint sitting of Parliament. The meeting decided that the joint opposition will challenge government’s ‘fascism’ and unconstitutional measures inside and outside Parliament. On this occasion, the meeting was briefed on the challenge of the united opposition in the government legislative court.

The meeting condemned government’s ‘bullying’ in the joint session and said that for the first time in history of Pakistan, electoral reforms took place without consensus. Speaking in the meeting, Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif claimed that constitution does not recognise government legislation as legal, rejecting the decree of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“The government, which has been bombing the people with inflation, has carried out a suicide attack on the Parliament. After being disgraced by the people, the PTI government is now attacking the constitution”, he said.

The PML-N president said that statement of the Election Commission was against government legislation and testament against EVM. He said, “Imran Niazi would not be allowed to continue in Pakistan anymore.”

Shehbaz said that LPG, flour, sugar, medicine, electricity and gas were out of masses’ reach. The government was rubbing salt into the wounds of the poor, who couldn’t afford a kilogram of flour, sugar and gas, by talking about giving them a new home with hundreds of thousands in investment.

The Leader of the Opposition said that he appreciated the unity and spirit of the opposition. Shehbaz Sharif said that oppressors, enemies of the people and those who supported the law-breaking government were the culprits of the people, and would soon face exemplary justice.