NAB forms four teams for probe of fake accounts case
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – The National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) office in Rawalpindi on Thursday constituted the four teams for investigation into fake bank account case on Thursday.
According to the sources, the NAB started probe into the money laundering case against former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
The sources informed that the four teams were constituted to probe into fake bank account case. It added that the NAB Islamabad’s old building was declared as the headquarters.
As per sources, every team of investigation would be consisted of nine members. The sources said that the joint investigation team (JIT) headed by Ehsan Sadiq briefed NAB officials regarding the investigation process and provided critical documents obtained by the JIT so far.
Rawalpindi’s Director General Irfan Naeem Mangi – who was a member of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe into Panama Papers leak case against former premier Nawaz Sharif – will be conducting investigations into the case.
NAB to form CIT to probe fake bank accounts case
Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has announced to form a combined investigation team (CIT) to probe into fake bank accounts case on Tuesday.
As per details garnered, the decision was taken at a high level meeting chaired by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal. The combined investigation team will be headed by Director General NAB Rawalpindi Irfan Naeem Mangi.
The meeting reviewed in detail Supreme Court’s judgment in fake bank accounts case. According to the press release issued by the NAB today, the combined investigation team has formally started its work as per the law.
The NAB assured to transparently take the investigation process to logical conclusion in the light of the Supreme Court’s judgment. The anti-graft body has also urged the media to avoid speculations on the matter.
On Jan 7, the Supreme Court referred the fake accounts case to the NAB. The court ordered to remove the name of Bilawal Bhutto from JIT report as well as the exit control list (ECL) in the fake accounts case.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, while hearing the case, also ordered to remove the name of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah from the ECL. “We will not let anyone to exploit the chief minister,” he said. The CJP remarked that cases can be formed up to Omni Group.
He questioned the anti-graft institution why Malik Riaz was not arrested if there was sufficient material against him. “The NAB should investigate how billions of rupees were formed. The fake accounts case apparently pertains to politicians, Bahria Town and Omni Group,” he remarked.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar questioned the counsels whether they want to say that Malik Riaz is an honest man. “The JIT is the beginning point. The case will have to be investigated really,” he said.
Meanwhile, 32 people including Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and his close aides Hussain Lawai and Omni group chairman Anwar Majeed along with his Abdul Ghani are being inviestigated by the Federal Investigation Agency.