LAHORE  -   Hamza Shehbaz, son of PML-N president and joint Opposition's prime ministerial candidate Shehbaz Sharif, is scheduled to appear before a special court in a high-profile money laundering case on Monday (today).

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) special court on April 4 summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz, his son Hamza and others for indictment in money-laundering and sugar scam on April 11.

Shehbaz's counsel advocate Amjad Pervez said Sunday that his client would file an exemption from personal appearance in the FIA special court on Monday in the money laundering proceedings.

"Mr Sharif is in Islamabad to contest the prime minister election on Monday. Therefore, the court will be requested to defer the indictment," he said. When asked whether Hamza, a chief ministerial nominee for Punjab chief minister, would be indicted, the lawyer said: "The indictment is made on all suspects." (PTI)

A top officer of Pakistan's the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) who was probing the PKR 14 billion money laundering charges against the joint Opposition's prime ministerial candidate Shehbaz Sharif has gone on leave for indefinite period after Imran Khan was voted out in a no-confidence motion.

Federal Investigation Agency's Lahore chief Mohammad Rizwan's application to go on leave with effect from April 11, 2022, onward, has been accepted, according to an official notification on Sunday.

Rizwan's decision came a day before Shehbaz and his son Hamza are to appear before a special court for indictment on Monday.

The special court (Central-I) of FIA on April 4 had summoned Shehbaz and Hamza on Monday (April 11) to indict the father and son duo in the Rs 14 billion money laundering case. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz is likely to seek exemption from appearance as he is to contest for the prime minister's office in Parliament the same day.

Shehbaz filed the nomination papers for the slot of the prime minister on Sunday. From Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is the candidate for the position. FIA officer Rizwan has reportedly said that he has gone on leave anticipating his "certain transfer".