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Interior Ministry Removes Names of Zardari, Faryal From ECL

Islamabad (July 12, 2018): Ministry of Interior on Thursday has removed names of former President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur from Exit Control List(ECL) after clarification by the Apex Court.

According to the Interior Ministry, related institutes have been informed about the decision in this regard.

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Earlier today, the chief justice also clarified that neither was Zardari summoned in person today nor was the brother-sister duo placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) — as reports had stated earlier.

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The Supreme Court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)  not to summon Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister in the Rs35 billion money-laundering probe involving fake bank accounts.

Strict security arrangements were in place at the apex court in light of the former president’s expected appearance, after reports of him being summoned by the chief justice.

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During the proceedings, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the defence counsels should have approached the apex court if they had reservations about the top court’s orders. The two-member bench observed that since Zardari is just a suspect, how could he be placed on the ECL.

The hearing was later adjourned until August 6.

Earlier, the Interior Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that the names of former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur had been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the Supreme Court’s (SC) orders.

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The directives were issued to the interior ministry by the apex court in connection with an ongoing suo motu case concerning an investigation into fake accounts and fictitious transactions worth billions conducted through several mainstream banks.

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The fake accounts were allegedly used for channelling funds received through heavy bribes and kickbacks.

Zardari, Faryal Vow To Appear Before FIA After Elections:

Earlier on Wednesday, Former President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur had stated that they will appear before FIA after 25th of July as both are contesting in the upcoming polls.

The legal team of former president Asif Ali Zardari submitted his reply before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in relation to the Rs35 billion money-laundering scam.

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The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from benami account, under which Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was also arrested earlier.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders consulted senior lawyers over FIA’s summoning of Zardari and they advised him against appearing before the investigative agency, sources said.

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