An Accountability Court of Islamabad on Monday (July 22) extended the physical remand of former president Asif Ali Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur in fake bank accounts and money laundering case. As per details, Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir took up the case. As the hearing commenced, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sought extension in remand of Faryal Talpur.
On this occasion, stringent measures of security were taken around the court. In the previous hearing, AC had extended physical remand of PPP leader Faryal Talpur till July 22 in Fake Accounts case.
Zardari, Talpur, Omni Group’s Anwar Majid and his sons, and the former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairperson Hussain Lawai are among those being investigated in a case related to money laundering of billions through fictitious bank accounts. In December 2015, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) initiated a discreet investigation into certain bank accounts through which multi-billion rupee transactions have been made after some information came to the fore when an intelligence agency picked up a prominent money changer in an unrelated case.
It was then the Supreme Court intervened and the then chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice of the ‘slow progress’ in the money-laundering case. In July 2018, Zardari’s close aides Hussain Lawai, Taha Raza and two others were arrested. Subsequently, the first case was registered in the mega-corruption scandal.Faryal Talpu
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17 November, 2019