The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan 16) in a detailed judgment, authored by Justice Ijazul Ahsan ordered for immediate removal of names of Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto and Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah from Exit Control List (ECL) and directed to transferred 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 and said “NAB can probe Bilawal and CM Shah independently. If after the investigation a reference can be formed, then it should be filed”.
Earlier the Chief Justice asked the council of JIT to explain the reason that why Bilawal Bhutto’s name was included in the JIT? “Bilawal Bhutto and the Sindh chief minister have only been included for political scoring. How does being a director prove that Bilawal is part of a scandal?” the chief justice questioned. His father and paternal aunt were running the businesses. In this moment, Bilawal is clean and innocent. Why has his name been included? Bilawal is taking forward his mother’s political inheritance,” he said. On January 7, the Supreme Court had ordered the NAB to initiate a fresh inquiry into the mega money laundering and fake bank accounts case.
The Federal Investigation Agency is investigating almost 32 people including PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, in connection with mega money laundering through fake bank accounts. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
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17 November, 2019