Zardari, Faryal skip FIA hearing in fake accounts

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Denies involvement in Rs35b money laundering

Staff Repporter

Karachi

PPP supremo Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur on Wednesday skipped a Federal Investigation Agency hearing pertaining to a probe into 29 ‘benami’ accounts allegedly used to channel illicit funds.
A day after the Supreme Court ordered the names of all those connected to the accounts to be placed on the Exit Control List, the FIA constituted a Joint Investigation Team, headed by FIA Sindh chief Munir Ahmed Shaikh, to investigate the matter. The FIA had directed the duo to appear before the team to record their statements and explain their position on the accounts and transactions.
Two junior lawyers appeared before the FIA authorities on behalf of Zardari and Talpur and submitted a written response seeking more time to provide information about the suspected transactions. it also said that neither of the siblings has a record of transactions made in 2014.
The lawyers argued that both siblings are contesting the upcoming polls and are busy electioneering. The two will be able to reply to your questions after July 25, the lawyers said. The lawyers pointed out that the duo had been summoned in 2018 for a case related to happenings in 2014. They added that forcing the two to engage in the case would be a violation of Articles 14 and 17 of the Constitution, as it would affect their election campaigns with the polls just two weeks away.
Meanwhile, speaking in an interview, Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari denied involvement in the Rs35 billion money laundering scam. The former president said that he will face the bogus cases like he did in the past, adding that he was sent notice of Rs150 million rather than propagated Rs35 billion.

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