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Money laundering case: FIA team hands over evidence to JIT

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Officials of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has handed over the evidence collected in a Rs35 billion money laundering case, to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the case.

FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, under which Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was also arrested last month.

Earlier on Wednesday, the FIA had issued notices to former president Asif Zardari and Talpur to appear before the JIT probing the matter on August 4.

A key meeting of the JIT was also summoned in Karachi on Friday, during which a team of FIA officials handed over evidence to the JIT.

The JIT investigating the matter will await Zardari and Faryal Talpur for questioning at the FIA Headquarters in Islamabad on Saturday.

The sources said that the JIT has decided not to register further cases with regard to money laundering until the next hearing of the case by the Supreme Court on August 6.

They said that legal action would be taken against the former president and his sister it they failed to appear before the JIT on Saturday.

The FIA had earlier summoned Talpur and Zardari on July 11, however, the siblings had failed to appear before the agency.

The FIA inquiry started when the financial monitoring unit of the State Bank of Pakistan generated a ‘suspicious transaction report’ in January this year regarding ten bank accounts.

Sources maintain that over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at a private bank were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made. The amount according to FIA sources is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.

But despite these huge transactions, the bank authorities never reported them to the authorities concerned including the FIA.

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