Money-laundering: Zardari, Faryal to appear before FIA after elections
KARACHI (92 News) – Former president Asif Ali Zarari and his sister Faryal Talpur will appear before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after general election 2018 in money laundering probe.
As per details garnered, the legal team of Zardari submitted his reply before the FIA today in relation to the Rs35 billion money-laundering scam. The reply stated that Zardari and sister Faryal Talpur would appear before FIA investigation team after general election as July 25.
The legal team mentioned that Zardari and Faryal Talpur are busy in their election campaign as both contesting in upcoming elections. Two junior counsels of the former president’s lawyer, Farooq Naek, appeared before the FIA State Bank Circle and submitted his reply.
According to the sources, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders consulted senior lawyers over FIA’s summoning of Zardari and they advised him for not appearing before the FIA investigation team.
Earlier, Zardari and his sister are also among 20 suspects summoned by the Supreme Court on July 12 in relation to the case and Inspector General (IG) Sindh Amjad Javid Saleemi has been directed by the apex court to ensure their presence for the hearing.
The FIA officials maintain that 32 people, including Lawai, are being investigated for laundering billions of rupees through fictitious bank accounts.
Zardari and Talpur’s names have been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the Supreme Court’s orders. The FIA registered a case in Karachi over a money laundering scandal of Rs35 billion said to implicate politicians, businessmen and bankers.
On July 6, the agency arrested Stock Exchange of Pakistan chairman Hussain Lawai, who is considered to be a close aide of Zardari.