The Supreme Court will hear the ongoing mega money laundering case today (Dec 31). Earlier on December 24, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali zardari, Omni groups and Bahria groups held responsible in illegal money transfer from fake bank accounts and Supreme court of Pakistan had issued a notice to Asif Zardari and banned the trading and transfers of the properties of the Zardari Group, Bahria Town and Omni Group which are mentioned JIT report.
JIT report had recommended to freeze assets of accused in money laundering. A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has summoned replies from Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, party president Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur and other suspects named in the JIT report. Earlier federal government had placed 172 suspects involved in money laundering on Exit Control List. High profile individuals including Bilawal, Zardari, Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Malik Riaz, Omni group’s officials and others are included in ECL list.
The FIA is 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.
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18 March, 2019