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Millions withdrawn from Omni’s frozen accounts: FIA

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was informed on Friday that millions of rupees were withdrawn from the Omni Group’s bank accounts, which were supposed to be frozen on its directives.

This disclosure came in a report submitted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to the apex court in a fake bank accounts case.

The FIA informed that funds were transferred from the accounts, which were supposed to be frozen on the directives of the apex court. These accounts belong to six companies owned by the Omni Group.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) report said that the top court had issued directives for freezing 41 accounts operated by the companies, but a bank employee deliberately caused delay in freezing 10 of the 41 accounts due to which the transactions of millions of rupees took place.

The said accounts, according to the agency, were all held by the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), which had issued instructions to its staff to “debit block” the accounts.

However, owing to the negligence of a staffer, the FIA said, the accounts were frozen after some delay, and that allowed some transactions to take place.

The staffer, an Assistant Vice President named Afzal Sadiq, has since been suspended, the agency told the court.

Pak Ethanol, Tando Allayar Sugar Mills, Omni Polymer Packages, Omni Pvt Ltd, Chambar Sugar Mills and Ansari Sugar Mills are the six companies whom the 10 bank accounts belong to.

The FIA had taken Anwar Majeed and his son into custody on August 15 from outside the Supreme Court where he and his family appeared before the bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar in a suo motu case regarding money laundering of Rs 35 billion through fake accounts.

Subsequently, their names were also added to the Exit Control List (ECL) on the directives of the top court.

Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed are among the people being investigated for their alleged involvement in the money-laundering scam.

PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairman Hussain Lawai have also been named in the scam.

 

 

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