Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari
Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari

Money laundering scam: Zardari declared absconder by FIA

ANI | Updated: Jul 22, 2018 05:46 IST

Money laundering scam: Zardari declared absconder by FIA .
Karachi [Pakistan], Jul 22 (ANI): Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur on Saturday were declared as absconders by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in connection with a money laundering case .
A two-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar, took suo motu notice of the FIA's investigation into the Pakistani (Rs .) 35 billion money-laundering scam .
Also, 20 others including Zardari's close aide Anwar Majeed and his son were declared as absconders by the FIA .
On July 18, the names of Zardari and Talpur were removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) by Pakistan's Interior Ministry, according to sources .
Prior to this, Zardari and Talpur's names were placed on the ECL on the orders of Pakistan's Supreme Court, sources told Geo TV earlier .
However, on July 12, the country's apex court had refuted reports that it did not place the brother-sister duo on the ECL and did not issue directives to prevent them from leaving the country in connection to their alleged involvement in the money-laundering scam .
Earlier on July 10, the FIA had issued notices to Zardari and Talpur, in regards to the case involving swindling of (Pakistani) Rs . 35 billion .
They were also summoned by the FIA for questioning . However, the country's top court had directed the agency to take up the case after the general elections on July 25 .
At least, 32 people are under legal scanner by the FIA for laundering money from fictitious accounts . Zardari, however, has denied such allegations .
On July 6, the FIA had arrested Stock Exchange of Pakistan chairman Hussain Lawai, who is considered to be Zardari's close aide . (ANI)

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