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Court turns down request to summon foreign asset holders

Court turns down request to summon foreign asset holders

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday turned down a request for summoning 64 known Pakistanis, including present and former rulers and their families, besides lawyers and two ex-chief justices, in a petition questioning foreign assets maintained by these personalities.

Hearing the petition of Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree, Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan said the petitioner’s request was premature and unnecessary at this stage.

The judge, however, directed attorney general to assist the court on the matter and adjourned further hearing for April 25.

Barrister Jafree alleged in his petition that the respondents transferred at least 400 billion dollars to foreign countries through money laundering. He said by doing so these people caused a huge loss to the national exchequer. He believed that Pakistan would have no need to seek foreign loans if the assets of the politicians were brought back to the country.

The petitioner-lawyer asked the court to issue a direction to the respondents to bring their assets back.

The respondents include Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, son Husain Nawaz, and brother Shahbaz Sharif, PTI chief Imran Khan and his former wife Jemima Goldsmith, former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his wife, former president Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Faryal Talpur, former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, former interior minister Rehman Malik, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Husain, Pervaiz Elahi, PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Malik Riaz Husain of Bahria Town, former chief justices of Lahore High Court Khwaja Sharif and Iftikhar Husain Chaudhry, former presidents of SCBA Hamid Khan, Asma Jahangir, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan and his wife Bushra Aitzaz.

Musa Gilani’s plea: The LHC overruled a registrar office objection to a petition of Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, seeking removal of his name from Exit Control List (ECL).

The office had put an objection to the petition asking the petitioner to approach Rawalpindi bench of the court as the case that led to his name on ECL was pending with a trial court of Islamabad.

Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan heard the plea as “objection case” and allowed hearing of the petition at principal seat of the LHC. The judge directed the registrar office to fix hearing of the petition before any appropriate bench.

The interior minister had placed Ali Musa Gilani on the ECL owing to his involvement in Ephedrine case.

Courtesy : Dawn News



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