HYDERABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Saturday night arrested Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Naudero House in-charge Abdul Nadeem Bhutto from his Larkana residence in the fake accounts case.
A NAB official as well as elder brother of the accused, Abdul Jabbar Bhutto, confirmed the arrest.
According to NAB sources, Nadeem is among those people who withdrew money from the fake accounts.
He was arrested by anti-graft watchdog’s Sukkur bureau which will produce him before an accountability court on Monday (today).
Nadeem is said to be a close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari.
His elder brother, Abdul Jabbar Bhutto, who is also said to be a personal photographer of the Bhutto family, claimed that his brother received only a few thousand rupees each month in his account for payment of salaries to the staff of Naudero House.
He said that NAB’s team knocked the door of their residence, called Nadeem out and took him in custody.
Earlier, Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on April 16 for a hearing pertaining to the fake accounts case.
The next hearing of the case is scheduled for April 29.
The FIA had named Zardari, Talpur Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed, his sons and over 10 others as suspects in an interim charge sheet filed in the banking court in August last year for alleged money laundering to the tune of over Rs4 billion after 29 ‘fake’ bank accounts were found opened in three banks .
The fake accounts case was initially registered in 2015 against former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairman Hussain Lawai, who is said to be close to Zardari. Later, Zardari and Talpur were said to have been found involved in using those accounts for suspicious transactions.