Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s lawyer announced his client’s appearance in court on Monday (June 20th) to hear charges in a case filed about four years ago.
According to Amjad Parviz, the lawsuit alleges financial charges against Mr. Sharif over a housing project for low-income citizens in Lahore, Pakistan.
Mr. Parviz expressed hope that his client would be acquitted in this court, stating that the charges in Mr. Sharif’s case were motivated by “political motives.”
Mr Sharif’s lawyer believes the allegations in his client’s case were made by former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to the prosecutor, Mr. Sharif abused his power from 2013 to 2018, when he was the Punjab Chief Minister, and provided housing to individuals affiliated with the Muslim League. Of course, Mr. Sharif has denied the allegations.
Pakistan’s parliament has elected Shahbaz Sharif as the 23rd new Prime Minister of Pakistan following the removal of Imran Khan as Prime Minister.
However, Mr Parviz told a court hearing on Monday that Mr Sharif’s regular attendance at the trial would negatively affect his day-to-day work as prime minister, as he would have to travel frequently to Lahore to attend. Therefore, Mr. Sharif was exempted from attending more court hearings.
Pakistan’s Muslim League-Nawaz party, led by Sharif, is a family-run party dominated by numerous corruption cases.