KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari on May 9 in an ongoing investigation into money laundering through fake bank accounts case.
This time, he will be grilled in an inquiry in connection with an investigation into the holders of public office, legal persons and others regarding the Sindh government’s illegal award of contract to M/S Harish and company and others.
On the other hand, for putting more pressure on Zardari, the NAB has filed a fifth reference in the fake accounts case in which the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Omni Group Abdul Ghani Majeed, provincial secretary of the Sindh government, Ijaz Khan have also been named as accused.
According to the NAB, Majeed had acquired benami assets on the name of his daughter Menahel Majeed.
As per the NAB reference, Omni Group CEO Majeed, who is shown as “absconder” in the reference, purchased a plot in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) in the name of his spouse Menahel Majeed. NAB has already confiscated the plot.
It alleged that some accused persons created fake accounts and purchased plots from ill-gotten money. The reference accused them of misusing authority for the illegal award of different contracts to private contractors.
Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur are also facing a reference that has been transferred from the banking court of Karachi to the accountability court of Islamabad.