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Zardari, Faryal Record Their Statements Before JIT

Karachi (November 28, 2018): Former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur, and a witness recorded their statements before the Supreme Court appointed Joint Investigation Team (JIT), tasked with probing a multi-billion rupee money laundering and fake bank accounts case open against them.

PPP lawmaker Faryal Talpur appeared before the JIT at an office located in Karachi’s Gulistan-i-Johar area on Wednesday and answered questions pertaining to the transfer of money to the Zardari Group through fake bank accounts.

Following his sister’s departure, Zardari also appeared before the JIT and had his statement recorded in a one-and-a-half-hour-long session. During this time, a witness who had come from Nawabshah was also summoned and his statement too was recorded.The JIT has decided to seek information from PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari as well in the pursuance of this case. According to Bilawal’s spokesperson Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Bilawal has already received the questionnaire sent to him for the purpose.

The party chief will send his response following a consultation with his legal team. He has till November 29 to respond.

The mega corruption case

Zardari and Talpur are being investigated as part of a corruption case relating to fake accounts and fictitious bank transactions worth Rs35 billion. The siblings face allegations that they had illegally channelled funds through the said accounts in connivance with the CEOs of major banks.The case was initially registered in 2015 against former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairman Hussain Lawai, who is widely believed to be close to former president Asif Ali Zardari.

Later, seven individuals, including Zardari and Talpur, were said to have been found involved in using those accounts for suspicious transactions which totalled Rs35 billion. The accounts were allegedly used to channel funds received through kickbacks.

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