Published On: Mon, May 13th, 2019
Published in Category: Corruption / Islamabad

Fake accounts case: NAB summons Asif Zardari on May 16

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi has summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari on May 16 in relation to Haresh and Company case, which is a part of the ongoing investigation in the fake accounts and money laundering case.

NAB sources told a private TV channel that the company in question had taken the project of water supply to Sindh government, however, the expenses of Nowdero House were utilised from Haresh and Company’s account.

Meanwhile NAB has prepared filing details of all inquires against former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The former president had filed an application in the court to obtain details of all inquiries initiated against him by the NAB.

In total of 22 inquiries against him, there are six ongoing investigations into different cases and four references have been filed against him in other cases.

Moreover, the former president has obtained interim bail in five of the cases.

References in money laundering through fake bank accounts, Pink Residency and water supply schemes have already been filed against him.

The bureau has also alleged that Zardari, in connivance with other suspects, illegally obtained bulletproof cars from the Toshakhana (the state gift repository), which were gifted by the governments of UAE and Libya. He is also being investigated in the Park Lane Estate Company (Pvt) Ltd.

The accountability watchdog further said investigation against Asif Ali Zardari in Nooriabad Power Plant Project, Thatta and Dadu Sugar Mills is underway.

It is pertinent to mention that the former president’s bail from the Islamabad High Court is expiring on May 15.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is investigating more than 30 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and his sister Dr Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July 2018 in connection with the probe.

The former president’s other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed a close aide and Omni Group chairman and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August 2018.

Several ‘benami’ accounts at multiple private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to sources.

The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.

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