Govt does not wish to jail citizens, encourages settlement: Shahzad Akbar

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar said on Thursday stated that the government encourages agreements in civil cases and does not wish to keep people in jail.

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Addressing a press conference here at the federal capital, PM’s Special Assistant divulged into the alleged corruption by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif and his family. “The assets of the Sharif family have increased exponentially over the span of ten years,” he said.

He explained that the corruption was carried out during Shehbaz’s tenure as Punjab chief minister. Aided by charts, he explained that their entire fortune has been built by funnelling money from kickbacks into their personal accounts, before injecting them into their own companies to mimic sales.

He said, “during this period, Shehbaz’ assets rose by 70 per cent while his son Salman’s rose by 8,000pc.”

However, despite their repeated claims of innocence, the Sharifs have not been able to provide a single shred of evidence which proves contrary, he added.

Mentioning the article published in The Mail that alleged that Shehbaz had embezzled funds provided by UK’s Department for International Development, he said that the former chief minister was surprisingly mum on the issue despite his initial response.

He added, “so many facts have been revealed in recent days. Setting his claims about taking legal action against The Mail aside, he has not given a specific answer to any of the allegations levelled against him.”

He further added, this is a question about the country and the people’s respect.

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