The FIA's request for Shehbaz Sharif's bail to be revoked was denied.

Shehbaz Sharif’s bail was denied after the FIA filed a petition to have it revoked.

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On Monday, a special court rejected the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) request to have the bail granted to PML-Shehbaz N’s Sharif, which exempted him from appearing in court, revoked.

Meanwhile, FIA’s bail cancellation application was denied by judge Ijaz Hassan Awan, who stated that no provision existed that allowed an accused to be absent from court during the bail stage.

The judge was hearing Shehbaz and his son Hamza Shahbaz Sharif’s pre-arrest bails in a Rs25 billion money laundering case.

Shehbaz’s counsel filed an application seeking an exemption from personal appearance as the proceedings began today, citing the opposition leader’s busy schedule in the country’s top court following the constitutional crises.

The FIA, on the other hand, strongly opposed the counsel’s version, arguing in court that the SC had not summoned Shehbaz in person. Shehbaz’s counsel questioned how the copy of the SC’s order could be considered a valid document after the FIA produced it.

The counsel also argued that it was very interesting that the authority had taken notice of the FIA’s fresh bail cancellation application, which the FIA had submitted two days before on the grounds that no legal provision existed that allowed an accused to be absent from court during the bail stage.

He also asked the court to grant his client’s request for a personal appearance exemption. The FIA’s representatives also filed an application claiming that Shehbaz had been absent from court on several occasions due to his illness or his involvement in political activities that were not justified.

The “citation relied upon the accused Shehbaz Sharif and this court is misunderstood and misinterpreted by the accused’s counsel, and this court dispensed with the accused’s attendance from personal appearance,” according to the statement. The FIA requested that the court recall the order and dismiss the bail.

Shehbaz and his son Hamza had argued in their pre-arrest bails that the FIA’s version of events had nothing to do with reality.

They claimed that they were falsely accused in a fabricated case in order to humiliate them, and that the allegations levelled against them by concerned parties are false and incorrect.

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