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Hamza Shehbaz Moved To Hospital From Prison For Covid Treatment

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shehbaz was shifted to Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital days after contracting coronavirus in jail.

According to Channel 24 News, the son of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif contracted Covid few days ago, which was also confirmed Shehbaz in a tweet on Sunday.

He said Hamza has contracted coronavirus in jail and requested everyone to offer special prayers for the early recovery of his son. He further said in the tweet that his son Hamza had faced with courage all the cases during the regime of dictator Musharraf and now he has been steadfast in facing the political vendetta in the form of Niazi-NAB nexus.

Hamza Shehbaz is in jail on charges of money laundering. Earlier, his bail application was turned down by the Lahore High Court in the money laundering case.

In March, he had requested the Lahore High Court (LHC) to grant him bail, citing ‘potentially deadly risk’ for prisoners amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Hamza moved the court through his lawyers and maintained that the coronavirus crisis had resulted in an alarming situation in the country and across the world. In the appeal, he said that the congested space inside a jail makes the implementation of the social distancing rule almost impossible.

“In case of an outbreak, the inmates are vulnerable and likely to suffer irreparably,” he had said. The petition had said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested Hamza ten months ago but did not file any reference against him.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is holding probe into two different cases of corruption against the PML-N politician. The request for bail was submitted in a case pertaining to the accumulation of assets beyond means.

The PML-N leader has already been granted post-arrest bail on February 6 in a case about alleged misuse of a grant of Rs360 million released by the Punjab government in 2015 to launch a drainage scheme for the Chiniot district.

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