Islamabad(July 11, 2018): Former President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur have 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 on Wednesday 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.
“PPP leaders Farooq Naek, Latif Khosa, Aitzaz Ahsan and Nayyar Bokhari briefed the former president on the case,” the sources added.
Further on Tuesday, sources said the investigative agency decided not to immediately arrest the siblings.
Asif Zardari and Talpur’s names have been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the Supreme Court’s orders.Earlier on The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) issued notices on Tuesday summoning former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur, in relation to a Rs35 billion money laundering scam today at 10am.
Earlier on, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Sunday headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case of fake bank accounts in Islamabad.
The Apex Court directed that the names of the people mentioned in a list compiled by FIA, should be put in Exit Control List.The apex court had summoned the seven fake bank account holders and 13 beneficiaries on July 12 (Tomorrow).
Asif Zardari, Talpur, Tariq Sultan, Erum Aqeel, Muhammad Ashraf and Muhammad Iqbal Arain are among those who have been issued notices to appear before the top court on the given date.
The CEOs of Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and UBL as well as officials of the State Bank of Pakistan were also directed to appear before the court in its next hearing. The court also directed State Bank of Pakistan to furnish necessary information to FIA.
Next hearing of the case will be held on Thursday(tomorrow).
Hussain Lawai Arrested in Money Laundering Scam:
Earlier on July 06, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari’s aide Hussain Lawai on Friday, in a money laundering scam.
Twenty-nine accounts belonging to seven people have been used to launder around Rs30 billion in Sindh, according to the FIA, which is being called the ‘biggest money laundering case in Sindh’.
These people made accounts in three banks, including Summit Bank and Sindh Bank. The accounts were reportedly used by Anwar Majeed, another of Zardari’s close aides, and employees of the Omni Group.Summit Bank alone had 16 accounts with transactions of Rs20 billion. Baharia Town head Malik Riaz’s son Zain Malik and Shahrukh Jatoi’s father Sikandar Jatoi had put money in the accounts. Zain reportedly put Rs2 billion in the accounts.