Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has decided to appear before Supreme Court in the money-laundering case on Thursday (today), sources said.

According to sources, Asif Ali Zardari decided to appear before apex court after consultation with his legal team.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had already summoned Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and a few others in a case related to Rs35 billion money laundering scam.

According to sources, PPP leader likely to appear before the apex court accompanied with the legal team to face the charges of the scam of Rs 35 billion in fake bank accounts.

Farhatullah Babar and Nayar Bukhari will also be accompanied with the former president on the occasion.

Earlier, the Interior Ministry confirmed that the names of former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur have been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the Supreme Court’s (SC) orders.

The directives were issued to the interior ministry by the apex court in connection with an ongoing suo motu case concerning an investigation into fake accounts and fictitious transactions worth billions conducted through several mainstream banks.

The fake accounts were allegedly used for channelling funds received through heavy bribes and kickbacks.

A day after the SC’s order for placement of the names of all those connected to the case on the ECL, the FIA constituted a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), headed by FIA Sindh chief Munir Ahmed Shaikh, to investigate the matter. The FIA had directed the duo to appear before the team on Wednesday to record their statements and explain their position on the accounts and transactions.

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