Money laundering scam: PPP decries ‘pre-poll rigging’ ahead of elections 2018

LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party’s stalwarts Farhatullah Babur and Aitzaz Ahsan on Tuesday has raised concerns over elections 2018 and called Asid Zardari’s inclusion in Exit Control List (ECL) as pre-poll rigging.

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“What is the point of adding Zardari’s name in ECL just 15 days before the elections. Whatever is being done with him is a pre poll rigging against PPP,” said Farhatullah Babar while addressing press conference at Bilawal house Lahore.

He also accused that some of the party leaders are being threatened to leave the PPP.

“ Our people are being given threats to quit the party, even a propaganda is under way to deviate the PPP voters,” he added.

While Aitzaz Ahsan expressed his support for Zardari and asked for the exemptions that had been given to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

“Nawaz Sharif’s name is placed on ECL after he has been charged while Zardari has no references against neither he has been accused yet so how could his name be placed on ECL. I am shocked over such dualistic attitude and such privileges being given to Nawaz,” he added.

Earlier in a day, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) summoned Pakistan peoples’ party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and sister Faryal Talpur on July 11 in a money laundering case.

According to details, FIA in a notice has summoned both PPP leaders in order to record their statement  in a case pertaining to suspicious transactions of Rs35 billion carried out through fake bank accounts.

On Monday the apex court summoned PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and others on July 12 in money laundering scam.

Asif Zardari’s close aid Lawai was arrested by the FIA on Friday in connection with alleged money laundering worth billions of rupees. The investigation agency is probing a potential laundering scandal of Rs35 billion implicating a top political leader along with his businessman and banker friends.

The probe was launched after the Financial Monitoring Unit of the State Bank of Pakistan generated a Suspicious Transaction Report in January this year about 10 bank accounts.

FIA officials say that 32 people, including Lawai, are being investigated for laundering billions of rupees through ‘benami’ accounts.

According to sources, over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at a private bank were allegedly opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made in the accounts. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.

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