National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday (Feb 7) during a meeting presided over by NAB chief Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, to review the preliminary report of the case submitted by a combined investigation team (CIT), constituted various teams to record statements from Karachi and Islamabad in the fake accounts case, said NAB spokesperson.
The meeting discussed transferring of fake accounts case under 16-A from Banking Court Karachi to accountability courts in Islamabad, according to the NAB statement. The NAB chief directed for the implementation of the judgement of the Supreme Court in letter and spirit by using all resources as per law.
The FIA was investigating 32 people including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, in relation to money laundering from over 20 ‘benami’ accounts, opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for transactions worth billions of rupees. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes. The Supreme Court on Jan 16 in a detailed judgment, authored by Justice Ijazul Ahsan directed to transfer the JIT report and all the material collected by the team to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) immediately. The court directed the NAB to prepare the references.
The Supreme Court ordered the NAB to complete to inquiry within two months in the light of a report recently submitted by a joint investigation team probing the matter. “NAB can probe Bilawal and CM Shah independently. If after the investigation a reference can be formed, then it should be filed,” Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar observed.
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17 November, 2019