PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s legal team, led by Farooq H. Naek and Lateef Khosa, on Monday( Dec 24) appeared before a two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan at the Lahore registry.
SC and issued a notice to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson 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. A joint investigation team (JIT) report submitted in the Supreme Court has held the Zardari and Omni groups responsible in the mega money laundering and fake accounts case.
During the hearing, the chief justice remarked that expenses of the Zardari and Bilawal house were paid through these companies. “Even the heater bills money spent on their dog food was paid by someone else,” he added. Further, the chief justice linked Omni Group properties with the court decision. “These properties will be seized,” the chief justice said.
“These companies paid for Bilawal family’s monthly expenditure of over Rs1.2 billion,” the report added.”Fake bank accounts paid for Zardari and Bilawal’s personal expenses. Expenses for dog food at Bilawal House and 28 sacrificial goats were also paid for through fake bank accounts,” the report said. Further, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) requested the court to place names of all those involved on the Exit Control List (ECL). However, the top judge directed FIA officials to approach the Interior Ministry. “They will take a decision in this regard,” he said. Earlier as the hearing went under way, the chief justice also told Zardari’s counsel, “It is a matter of billions of rupees and we will not forgive. We cannot pardon those who looted billions and are now engaging in mischief.”
Turning to Omni Group counsels Justice Nisar said, “It seems that Omni Group owners are still sitting on high horses. They have looted billions of rupees of the nation and are still engaging in mischief.” He added. “It seems that they will have to be shifted elsewhere from Adiala jail.” Justice Nisar continued, “There will be no mercy for Anwar Majid.” “You are a counsel and are taking fees. We will hear you, but we have to make a decision,” the top judge further said. Speaking to the media after the hearing, Zardari’s counsel said, “The case will be heard in Islamabad on Monday.” “The JIT has presented its report in the Supreme Court but I have not read it as yet so cannot comment,” Naek added. “We will be given the JIT report tomorrow,” he added.
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17 November, 2019