JIT summons Zardari, Bilawal and Faryal as money laundering probe widens

09:57 AM | 24 Nov, 2018
JIT summons Zardari, Bilawal and Faryal as money laundering probe widens
KARACHI - The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the fake accounts case has summoned Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur next week.

The probe team constituted on orders of the supreme court headed by Additional Director General of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Ahsan Sadiq, issued the summons for Bilawal and Faryal for November 28; former president Zardari has been asked to appear before it on November 29.

According to well-placed sources, FIA and the probe team have found 'sufficient evidence' against the PPP biggies, on the basis of which they been summoned to record their statements before the JIT in the widening money-laundering probe.

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Moreover, the team is also sending a reminder to United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities seeking the Emirati Law and Justice Department's assistance regarding details of Dubai-based company KAM Crown International's accounts and transactions worth Rs27 billion.

The said company is believed to be owned by Anwar Majeed's family - a close aide of the former president who is under arrest.

The PPP leaders are being alleged of indirect involvement in the fake accounts case involving money over Rs 100 billion as per a report presented by the Federal Investigation Agency.

Bilawal and Zardari are the chief executives of the Zardari Group, while Faryal Talpur is a director of the company. Zardari and Talpur had secured bail from a banking court in Karachi and this is the first time the Zardari family is being probed by the Joint Investigation Team.

The JIT has also asked some officers of the Sindh government about how and why they categorized the Omni Group’s businesses as non-profit making; it has also questioned why out of all the struggling businesses in the province, only the Omni Group was given government aid.

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During the investigation by JIT, the members of Zardari family will be asked questions about providing benefits to the Omni Group’s industries, as well as money received in the Zardari Group’s bank accounts.

Meanwhile, Bilawal's spokesman Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar expressed that no notice has been received as of yet.

He, however, said they would follow the directives of the supreme court if a notice is received.

'Peoples Party has been facing cases in the past and it will continue to face them now as well,' Khokhar maintained.

FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fake accounts. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was also arrested last month in connection with the probe.