The Special Court in Lahore acquitted Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza of corruption and money laundering charges.
Why it matters
The acquittal of Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza is significant as it marks the end of a long legal battle against the Sharif family, who have been accused of corruption and money laundering. The case was seen as politically motivated by the Sharif family and their supporters.
What the papers say
Gulf News and The Independent both report on the acquittal of Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza, with both sources citing the case as politically motivated. The Guardian and Al Jazeera report on other legal cases involving Pakistani politicians, but do not mention the Sharif case. South China Morning Post reports on Imran Khan's apology in a contempt of court case, which is unrelated to the Sharif case.
How we got here
The Sharif family has faced multiple legal cases in Pakistan, with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also being convicted of corruption charges in 2018. The Sharif family and their supporters have claimed that the cases against them are politically motivated and part of a wider campaign to silence opposition voices in Pakistan.
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