Pakistan

ISLAMABAD -Veteran journalist Hamid Mir has claimed that former president Asif Ali Zardari has already finalized preparations to visit jail for one more time.

Passing his comments during a TV show on Monda, the presenter claimed that the PPP co-chairman has prepared himself to the extent that he has finalized doctoers and medicines as well for going to a jail in either Punjab or Sindh.

‘Asif Zardari now desires that the sitting government should send him behind bars,’ claimed Mir and added that Zardari holds an opinion on whether the government would survive or not.

The Geo TV anchor claimed that after Zardari is imprisoned, the tone of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would change.

Mir continued that PPP wants to play a broader role as an opposition party and Asif Zardari has planned this accordingly.

The Supreme Court is investigating a high profile case regarding the alleged money laundering through 29 fake accounts.

The apex court had also ordered the arrest of Zardari’s close friends including AG Majeed and Hussain Lawai.

The Federal Investigation Agency is also investigating the case and during a hearing by the apex court, it had informed the chief justice that the total amount laundered is Rs 100 billion instead of an earlier estimate of Rs 35 billion.

Asif Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur also appeared before the Joint Investigation Team tasked to probe into the matter though Bilawal did not show up.

The money laundering case is being tipped as the next Panama papers type scam for politicians in the country as the Federal Investigation Agency is investigating 32 people.

Investigations so far have revealed that several ‘benami’ accounts were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 at some private banks from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, in a fictitious manner.

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