RAWALPINDI: The National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) office in Rawalpindi on Thursday initiated investigation into the money laundering case against Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah.
Reportedly, 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.
On January 21, NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal, complying to the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP), transferred the case to the bureau’s office in Rawalpindi.
Consequently, the references pertaining to the case will be lodged in the accountability courts in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The bureau will lodge reference against Zardari, his sister Talpur, Murad, real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and other influential people after investigations are concluded.
The JIT in its report has accused 172 people of having fake bank accounts and indulging in money laundering, following which their names were placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
However, Bilawal and Murad Ali Shah’s names have been removed from the no-fly list after the Supreme Court orders.
According to the Supreme Court’s order, over 170 accused including Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur and Malik Riaz will continue to remain on the ECL.
Property tycoon Malik Riaz, his son-in-law Zain, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have been also included in the inquiry.