Fake accounts case: Bilawal Bhutto appears before NAB

Fake accounts case: Bilawal Bhutto appears before NAB

Islamabad (Staff Report): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in an inquiry in connection with the fake accounts case.

The PPP chairman left the NAB headquarters after a joint interrogation team of the probe authority questioned him for 30 minutes.

As per sources, Bilawal Bhutto was handed over a questionnaire from the NAB team. In the questionnaire, Bilawal was asked 32 questions, which he has to respond to by June 12.

The sources added that PPP leader was probed regarding the accounts of Zardari Group of companies.

Earlier, the PPP workers reached to express support for their leader but police stopped them from moving forward. Several PPP workers were arrested after scuffle with police at different points of the city.

On Tuesday, the city administration barred the PPP workers from entering the federal capital and directed the provincial home secretaries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab to instruct their police personnel to stop workers from leaving their respective provinces.

Meanwhile, PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari excused himself from appearing before the anti-graft body.

The former president a request made to the NAB that he has to appear before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) at the same time for a pre-arrest bail appeal.

On March 20, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and recorded their statements in Park Lane Estate case.

This is pertinent to mention that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is investigating 32 people, including Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in connection with money laundering through fake accounts.

Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July 2018 in connection with the probe.

Former president's other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani were also arrested by FIA in this connection in August 2018.

As per sources, several ‘benami’ accounts were allegedly opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in some banks from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made.

According to FIA sources, the amount is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.