KARACHI: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has summoned erstwhile president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur, on Monday in a money laundering case.
The FIA issued notices on Saturday to Mr. Zardari and his sister to appear at the agency’s headquarters in Islamabad on Monday.
FIA Additional DG Najaf Mirza, who chaired a meeting at the agency’s Islamabad office earlier today, probed Zardari and Talpur.
The former president and his sister were questioned for around 35 minutes. According to sources, Zardari avoided answering some questions.
Speaking to the media after his questioning, Zardari said, “Unfortunately the money laundering case was formed against him during former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s tenure.”
On August 17, a local banking court in Karachi had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Zardari and other absconding suspects in the ongoing probe. Later on Aug. 18, the Islamabad High Court granted protective bail to Zardari in money laundering case.
The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to suspicious transactions of Rs35 billion carried out through fake bank accounts including Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, under which Zardari’s close aide and Pakistan Stock Exchange Chairman Hussain Lawai was also arrested last month.