LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wednesday registered a money laundering case against former federal minister and PML-Q MNA Moonis Elahi.
It is learnt that the FIA Corporate Crime Circle registered the case against Moonis Elahi on the report of sugar inquiry commission.
The FIA sources said that ‘sufficient evidence’ was collected against Moonis after which the agency decided to formally start an investigation against him. He is accused of sending money abroad through “Hundi”.
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Speaker of Punjab Assembly and father of Moonis Elahi, will also be investigated if evidence is found against him, the sources added.
Moreover, Muhammad Khan Bhatti, Wajid Ahmed Khan Bhatti, Nawaz Bhatti, and Mazhar Iqbal have also been nominated in the case.
Two of the nominated accused including Nawaz Bhatti and Mazhar Iqbal have been arrested.
Meanwhile, Moonis Elahi reacted to registration of the money laundering case against him and declared to appear in the FIA office.
“I am going to the FIA office myself. I have faced such vindictive acts before. We knew the true nature of the Sharifs. Therefore, we did not succumb to any temptation,” he said.
“PML-N can do whatever it wants, I stand by Imran Khan and will do so. When we decided to go with the PTI, we knew that the Sharifs would resort to such moves. We made an alliance with Imran Khan, and now I am ready to face vindictive acts,” he added.
Moonis Elahi said that he had been issued no notice, nor did he receive any call from the FIA before the registration of the case.
“All my assets are declared,” he claimed.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah also reacted to the registration of a case against Moonis Elahi and asked him not to get angry, for it was a gift of Imran Khan for him.
“It was decided to arrest Moonis Elahi during the tenure of Imran Khan,” said Rana Sanaullah.
“Moonis Elahi had himself talked about this in the presence of Pervaiz Elahi,” he claimed.
“Moonis Elahi formed a private company and bought all the shares,” he alleged.
“We will respectfully make him be seated and show him all the documents,” he stated.