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  • Daily Mail exposed the money laundering scandal of Shahbaz Sharif from the aid for earthquake victims in Pakistan.
  • Many PTI leaders criticized the Sharif family for plundering British foreign aid money.
  • Shahbaz declared the story fabricated and decided to file a lawsuit against Daily Mail.

Britain-based publication Daily Mail has exposed the alleged money laundering scandal of Shahbaz Sharif from the UK government aid for earthquake victims in Pakistan.

According to the investigation report, millions of pounds were transferred into the bank accounts of Shahbaz’s family members, including his wife, children, and son-in-law.

According to Daily Mail, some of the allegedly stolen money came from the Department for International Development (DFID) funded aid projects.

In order to rehabilitate the lives of the poor, the DFID gave £54 million from UK taxpayers and Shahbaz’s son-in-law received about £1 million from that fund.

Purportedly, the stolen money was laundered in Birmingham and then allegedly transferred to Shahbaz’s family’s accounts by UK branches of banks.

In reaction to this report, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders have criticized the Sharif family for plundering British foreign aid money.

The Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi said over the years, the previous two governments; PML-N and PPP have brought nothing but an international embarrassment to Pakistan.


Since the 90s, PML-N is plundering Pakistan and some movies were also made regarding PML-N’s money laundering scandals.

He said that Ishaq Dar is the money laundering specialist of PML-N and requested the British High Commission and the government of England to not give political asylum to Ishaq Dar and called him a criminal.

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Mr. Zaidi suggested that the government should form a committee in order to take notice of this matter and include NAB as well. He said that we will take back the nation’s wealth from these looters.

Discussing the alleged video scandal of Accountability Judge, he said that PML-N itself has exposed that matter however, the Judge in his affidavit, clearly denied the claims.

He called PML-N ‘Sicilian Mafia’ saying PML-N has a strong history of threatening and blackmailing the judiciary. To save Pakistan from this mafia, the government should take immediate action, he added.

A senior analyst, AmjadShoaib, criticized Shahbaz Sharif:

Mr. Amjad said that whenever the news about PML-N’s money laundering comes, its members deny it and calls it revenge from the government. But now, this news has come from Britain-based publication and they cannot deny it.

He said it is really a shameful act and the government should take its notice by creating a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) after initial inquiry.

He said the government of Punjab can do initial inquiry as it has all the records. In this way, the British would praise Pakistan as the assistance they are providing is in good hands. They wouldn’t think their assistance is being wasted, he added. However, if this wouldn’t happen, the other countries would stop assisting Pakistan. “To avoid this, the government should create a JIT,” he said.

Another analyst, ZulfiqarRahat, was of the view that World Financial Institutions don’t agree to provide support to Pakistan just because of these money looters.

“These World Financial Institutions don’t believe that their aid will be transferred to deserving people,” he said.

Conclusion:

The Sharif family has stolen charity money and then talk about honesty. They should be taken to task. These looters not only stolen their nation’s money but also stole donor aid money.

However, Shahbaz Sharif declared the story fabricated and decided to file a lawsuit against Daily Mail. He said that this story was published at the behest of Prime Minister Imran Khan adding that he will launch legal proceedings against him.

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