By Irum Saleem
Finally former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi stands vindicated in a politically motivated case registered by Federal Investigation Agency at the best of the Sharif family.
It is a shameful blow for the Sharifs and their cohorts who wanted to grill Moonis for his strong stance not to leave PTI chairman Imran Khan at the time of crisis.
The Lahore High Court on Monday threw away the FIA case in dustbin finding no evidence against Moonis in the sugar scam inquiry.
The LHC simply ordered to quash the FIR registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against the PML-Q leader.
پاکستان کا خزانہ خالی کر کے شریفوں کی تجوریاں بھرنے والا منشی واپس آ رھا ہے۔کیا منی لانڈرنگ کا بےتاج بادشاہ اسحاق ڈار المعروف ڈالر ڈار پاکستان کا وزیر خزانہ بننے کے لائق ہے یا جیل میں ڈالنے کے؟ امپورٹڈ حکومت کے امپورٹڈ چور نامنظور! #IshaqDar— Moonis Elahi (@MoonisElahi6) September 26, 2022
Justice Asjad Javaid Ghural after hearing detailed arguments first reserved the decision and then announced the verdict.
Moonis Elahi’s counsel Amjad Pervez argued to the court that he had citations of around fourteen (14) decisions to establish his case in favour of the accused petitioner.
Deputy attorney general Bajwa told the court that with the approval of the federal government of the PMLN the inquiry was initiated. .
The court asked whether the FIR had been registered after the registration of FIR against Jahangir Tareen. To which Moonis counsel Amjad Pervez argued the FIR against the PTI leader was registered in 2020.
Moonis Elahi’s counsel argued that there was a ban in 2007 and 2008 on establishing sugar mills but even then an allegation of establishing a sugar mill in Rahim Yar Khan was levelled.
Started implementing PM @ImranKhanPTI vision of providing relief to general public. Today Ehsaas Rashan Riayat program was launched. 40% discount will be given to deserving families on flour, cooking oil and pulses. Exemplary work being done by @SaniaNishtar pic.twitter.com/te03XRK9T0— Moonis Elahi (@MoonisElahi6) October 2, 2022
He further argued that the then chief minister issued NOC which was twice testified by the Lahore High Court. In 2007, the allegation of money laundering was levelled in the name of employees with fewer salaries. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) probed this matter in detail for a long time but nothing was recovered to establish the case, the counsel argued.
“When NAB found nothing, it [NAB] decided to close the reference,” he said and argued that neither the bank nor any private person is the complainant in this FIR and nor the national exchequer bore any loss.
The case is purely based on political victimisation merely to harass and blackmail Moonis Elahi despite the fact that he has nothing to do with the case.
Moonis Elahi, in his petition, contended to the court that the money laundering case registered against him is actually a politically motivated case. He contended that it had been an unfortunate feature of the political history of Pakistan that process of law was misused as a tool by the rulers.
Out of desperation PMLN federal minister Rana Sanaullah instituted the case against Moonis after learning that he is not ready to part ways with Imran Khan. Moonis however stood to his grounds and didn’t budge from his stance to go along with Mr Khan.
Now as Moonis stands vindicated Sanaullah should resign forthwith. PAK DESTINY