Never issued order to put Zardari, Talpur name on ECL: SC

Never issued order to put Zardari, Talpur name on ECL: SC

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday denied issuing any order to place the names of former president Asif Ali Zardari and his daughter Faryal Talpur on the Exit Control List (ECL) in the fake accounts case.

A two-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, resumed hearing of a suo motu case pertaining to money laundering of Rs35 billion through fake bank accounts.

During the proceedings, the court clarified that the apex court had neither summoned Zardari and Talpur in personal capacity nor issued order to put their names on the ECL.

On Wednesday, the Interior Ministry placed the names of Zardari and his sister Talpur on the ECL.

Seven individuals, including Zardari and Talpur, were said to be involved in using certain bank accounts for suspicious transactions totalling Rs35 billion.

According to the FIA’s list, the beneficiaries of the account are former president Asif Ali Zardari , his sister, Faryal Talpur , Nasir Abdullah, Omni Polymer Packages, Pak Ethanol Private Limited, Ansari Sugar Mills, Chimber Sugar Mills, Agro Farm Thatta, Parthenon Private Limited, A1 International, Lucky International, Logistic Trading, Royal International and Umair Associate.

The court also summoned chief executive officers of Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and UBL as well as officials of the State Bank of Pakistan in the next hearing set to be held on coming Thursday. The court also directed State Bank of Pakistan to furnish necessary information to FIA.