According to three references in a case regarding mega money Laundering, prepared by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday (April 2), Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has not been named as a direct suspect in the references, sources said.
The sources said. “All suspects named in the references are considered to be close aides of Zardari, however, the former president himself has not been name as a direct suspect in the references.” “NAB executive board will grant approval for the references to be filed in the accountability court and the chairman of the accountability board, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, is expected to hold a meeting in this regard in the next few days,” the sources added. However NAB officials has not onfirmed the reports yet.
The FIA investigated 32 people including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, in relation to money laundering from over 20 ‘benami’ accounts, opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for transactions worth billions of rupees. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.
The Supreme Court on Jan 16 in a detailed judgment, authored by Justice Ijazul Ahsan directed to transfer 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.
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