The federal cabinet during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday (Jan 10) has made a decision to continue travel ban on Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, following an on going investigation in mega money laundering case.
“The federal cabinet has decided not to remove names of Mr Bhutto-Zardari and Mr Shah from the ECL,” said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry at a press conference held to brief the media on the decisions made by the cabinet. “These people used to transfer billions of dollars abroad through benami accounts,” he said. Sources said that the cabinet members will wait for a written order from the apex court before making any decision.
Earlier the three member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar provided big relief to PPP leadership as it ordered that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s names be removed from the joint investigation team (JIT) report and the Exit Control List (ECL). The SC bench issued this order in the hearing of fake accounts and money laundering case. 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.
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19 January, 2019