FIA declares Zardari, Faryal absconders in money-laundering scam

FIA declares Zardari, Faryal absconders in money-laundering scam
In this file photo, Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. (APP)
Updated 21 July 2018

FIA declares Zardari, Faryal absconders in money-laundering scam

FIA declares Zardari, Faryal absconders in money-laundering scam
  • Federal Investigation Agency had issued notices to former president Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur and others in connection with an inquiry for using a fake account to launder Rs35 billion ($288 million)
  • Last week Supreme Court ordered FIA to temporarily halt its investigation into Zardari and Faryal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday declared former President and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur absconders in the alleged money laundering case.

According to the document available with Arab News, FIA submitted interim charge sheet in special court (offenses in bank) in Karachi that declared 18 people including Zardari and his sister as absconders.
Earlier this month, on July 10, the FIA issued notices to former president Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur and others in connection with an inquiry for using a fake account to launder Rs 35 billion ($288 million).
The FIA had asked Zardari and his sister through notices to appear before the FIA’s State Bank Circle Branch on July 11, but they skipped the appearance.
The Supreme Court also summoned Zardari, Talpur and others on July 12 to record their statements in the case involving them in alleged money laundering.
After initial arguments the apex court ordered the FIA to temporarily halt its investigation into the former president and his sister for their alleged connection to money laundering.
The former president and his legal team in their statements rejected the involvement in money laundering and termed the FIA’s actions politically motivated and an attempt at pre-poll rigging.