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Mini-budget of PTI govt is mini-drama, says Zardari

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has termed the mini-budget presented by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) federal government a mini-drama.

Speaking to media after appearing in the court Zardari said,” The budget presented by PTI is mini dram. They have presented mini drama.”

Zardari while indirectly holding PTI responsible for the current rift with India said, “In such circumstances the situation deteriorates.”

Earlier Zardari appeared before the court and left it after recording his attendance. The court said that it will start hearing the case after taking guidelines from the Supreme Court regarding the fake accounts. The court was then adjourned till October 16.

A day before the Presidential polls and just three days after Asif Ali Zardari obtained bail from banking court in Karachi, the former president got another relief as his close aide and main accused in the Rs51billion money laundering case was granted bail.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) accepted plea of Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed against the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Rs41 billion money laundering case. Majeed in his petition alleged that the FIA was harassing him requesting the court to stop the agency from doing so.

He also requested the court to summon complete record of cases registered against him. The SHC has issued notice to the FIA for September 24.

On last Friday a banking court granted an interim bail to former president and Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party, Asif Ali Zardari, in the same case.

Former president had obtained a protective bail from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the case on August 18. The high court had directed the former president to appear before the trial court by Sep 3.

Zardari, along with his lawyer Farooq H. Naek, appeared before the court today and obtained an interim bail with a surety of Rs2 million.

When asked by a reporter to comment on the “day by day worsening situation” for him, the PPP co-chairperson laughed off the question.

Anwar Majeed, a close aide of Zardari who arrested from Islamabad, was produced before the court, which granted him to fourteen days remand of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Faryal Talpur, sister of Zardari had obtained bail, so the court issued arrest warrants against Asif Ali Zardari and others absconders in the case.

Warrants were issued for suspects absconding in the case including Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Zardari, Namar Majeed, Aslam Masood, Arif Khan, Naseer Abdullah Hussain, Adnan Javed, Mohammad Umair, Iqbal, Azam Wazir Khan, Zain Malik, and Mustafa Zulqarnain.

Pakistan Peoples Party leader and counsel of Zardari Farooq H. Naik dismissed the “reports” of arrest warrants. “A section of the electronic media is reporting that the Court has issued warrants of arrest of former president Asif Ali Zardari”, Senator Farooq Naik counsel for former President Mr. Asif Ali Zardari said while contradicting the reports. He further said that the Court had not issued any such orders.

Meanwhile, a FIA official on the condition of anonymity told The Frontier Post that he has received non-bailable arrest warrants for the former President. The state-run Radio Pakistan also confirmed the issuance of arrest warrants. “The Banking court in Karachi has issued non-bailable arrest warrants of former President Asif AliZardari in money laundering case” the state-run radio reported.

The court, today while hearing a case, directed to present Asif Ali Zardari and others relating to money laundering case by 4th of the next month, it added.

The Federal Investigation Agency is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested last month in connection with the probe.

A senior official of the Federal Investigation Agency told The Frontier Post that the agency issued summons to Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party, Asif Ali Zardari and women chapter head of the party, Faryal Talpur, in connection with case of laundering Rs35billion.

The summons were sent to Bilawal House and residence of Faryal Talpur in the adjacent area but no one received after which both summons were pasted at the walls of Bilawal House and Talpur’s residence in Clifton.

“It has come on record that cheque No.5384360, dated 20-05-2014, amounting to Rs15 million of A/c No.1-2-28-20620-714-139111 titled A-One international maintained at summit bank Kh-e-Tanzeem Branch Karachi is credited in account No 1-2-15-20620-714-103078 titled Zardari group (Pvt) Limited maintained at summit bank,” the summon reads, warning that if they failed to appear legal action will be initiated.

“Whereas you being the director of M/S Zardari Group (Pvt) Ltd. are acquainted with the facts of the said case, therefore, you are advised to appear before the undersigned to record your statement on 11-07-2018 at 10:00 hours along with your original CNIC and to justify the above mentioned transaction along with complete details,” reads the summons.

The FIR divulges that a transaction of Rs 15,000,000 to Zardari Group, owned by Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Fayral Taplur.

According to case Number 04/2018 registered under section 419/420/486/471/109 PPC r/w CA1947 r/w 3& 4 AML act 2010, it was established during the course of FIA enquiry started upon receipt of Suspicious Transaction Report regarding 29 accounts, that 01 of the total 29 accounts bearing No. 1-2-28-20620-714-139111 in the title of A-One International sole proprietorship firm purportedly in the name of Tariq was fraudulently opened by using his CNIC.

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