SC summons Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur on July 12 in money laundering scam

ISLAMABAD: The top court has summoned the PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and others on July 12 in money laundering scam, Newsone reported on Monday.

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A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case related to money laundering.

During the hearing the apex court directed former president, his sister Faryal Talpur, seven fake bank account holders and 13 beneficiaries to appear before court on July 12 in a case related to money laundering scam involving Rs35 billion.

The seven account holders are Tariq Sultan, Erum Aqeel, Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Iqbal Arain, Muhammad Umair, Adnan Javed and Qasim Ali.

The beneficiaries include Nasir Abdullah, Ansari Sugar Mills, Omani Polymer Packages, Pak Ethanol Private Limited, Chambar Sugar Mills, Agro Farm Thatta, Zardari Group, Parthenon Private Limited, AOne International, Lucky International, Logistic Trading, Royal International and Ameer Associate.

The Supreme Court also summoned heads of three private banks in connection with a case on dubious transactions executed using bogus accounts.

Earlier in a day, the Interior Ministry  denied placing Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur on a no-fly list.

A local court on Saturday remanded Hussain Lawai, a close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari, in the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency in a money-laundering probe till July 11.

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 Judicial Magistrate court (South) approved the physical remand of Lawai and another suspect Taha Raza, both of whom were brought before the court earlier today.

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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