The Supreme Court bench headed by chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar sent the fake accounts and money laundering case to NAB for further investigation. The Supreme Court ordered the NAB to initiate inquiry into this case. The SC handed over the mega corruption case to NAB to conduct an independent inquiry.
The SupremeCourt ordered the NAB to complete to inquiry within two months inthe light of a report recently submitted by a joint investigation team probing the matter. “NAB can probe Bilawal and CM Shah independently. If after the investigation a reference can be formed, then it should be filed,” Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar observed.
The bench further asked the accountability bureau to summon whoever it wishes, and instructed the JIT to continue its own probe in the meantime. At this, counsel Farooq H Naek stated, “Zardari and Talpur have no direct link with the allegations. The allegations against the former president and his sister are based on assumptions.”
Earlier as the hearing went under way, the attorney general submitted a clarification regarding placing names of 172 suspects on the Exit Control List (ECL) in light of the JIT’s report.
The attorney general informed the court, “The federal government has forwarded the matter of placing names on ECL to the review committee. Further progress on this matter is expected by January 10.”
At this, the Omni Group counsel stated, “The matter has been further complicated by forwarding it to the committee. We don’t know when the committee will take measures.”
Expressing anger over the Omni Group counsel’s remarks, the chief justice said, “If you have an issue then forget the cabinet, I will place names on ECL.”
You are not discussing the real case,” Justice Nisar further told the Omni Group counsel.So much matter has come against Omni Group that no one can shut their eyes to it. Bags of sugar have also been picked up; tell us which court should we forward this matter to?” Justice Nisar added.
You are not discussing the real case,” Justice Nisar further told the Omni Group counsel.
So much matter has come against Omni Group that no one can shut their eyes to it. Bags of sugar have also been picked up; tell us which court should we forward this matter to?” Justice Nisar added.
The JIT report leveled serious allegations and charges against Asif Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other close aides. The Supreme Court formed the JIT to investigate the fake accounts and money laundering scandal worth billions of rupees.
The Federal Investigation Agency initiated investigation against 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including former president and cochairman PPP Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
The former president’s other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed a close aide and Omni Group chairman and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August.
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19 January, 2019