Supreme court’s two judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, during the hearing of mega money laundering case through fake accounts, raised questions about placing the names of 172 suspects involved and ordered the government to review decision of placing names of 172 individuals
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed anger and summoned Interior minister Shehryar Afridi to appear before court “within 15 minutes”. “Place the premier’s name on the ECL as well. We should put Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on it as well. The top court has not verified the JIT report yet. Naek cannot be prevent from representing the case.” “How can the chief executive of the country’s second-biggest province be put on the ECL?” Justice Nisar asked the attorney-general in attendance. “We had summoned replies from [these individuals], but the government placed them on the ECL,”CJP remarked. “[What if] the next name on the ECL is that of NAB chairman? Tomorrow your name [could] be added too!” Justice Nisar added. “Who did this?” “We will look into it ourselves,” Justice Nisar remarked.
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. Earlier following JIT findings, 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.
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17 November, 2019