JIT informs SC of discovering 33 more suspicious accounts in money laundering case

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ISLAMABAD: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) – probing alleged money laundering by former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and others – on Monday revealed in the Supreme Court that they have discovered 33 more suspicious bank accounts.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a case pertaining to money laundering of Rs. 35 billion from fictitious bank accounts.
The top court also stopped the special court from unfreezing Omni Group’s bank accounts under Article 184.
FIA Additional Director General Ahsan Sadiq who is heading the JIT informed the bench that they have discovered 33 more suspicious accounts, which were being scrutinized.
During the proceedings, Justice Nisar remarked that the purpose of bank accounts is to legalize money that was stolen and added that Arif Khan had also an integral role in it.
The JIT head informed the bench that Arif was not in Pakistan adding that they had no knowledge where he was residing.
He informed the court that concerned authorities were establishing contacts with Interpol to bring back those accused in the case to the country.
Ahsan Sadiq said that they were also in contact with National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and State Bank of Pakistan for records to aid with investigations.

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