NAB recovered Rs33b in cases involving Zardari: Fawad

Minister says volume of corruption in fake accounts case is Rs5t


Our Correspondent July 03, 2021
Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry addressing a press conference at the PID in Islamabad on March 16, 2021. SCREENGRAB

ISLAMABAD:

Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had recovered Rs33 billion in the fake accounts case involving former president Asif Ali Zardari.

"With such a recovery, the volume of corruption in the country could be gauged easily as how the past rulers had looted the country and Sindh [in particular]," Fawad wrote on Twitter.

"The actual volume of corruption in the fake accounts case was whopping Rs5,000 billion," he added.

Last month, the minister had launched an attack at the PPP-led Sindh government, calling for monitoring of the funds provided to the provincial government while alleging that these funds are laundered to foreign countries including the UAE and Canada.

“Billions of rupees were allocated for Badin and Larkana [districts of Sindh] but no one knows where that money went. The funds provided to Sindh are sent abroad either through boats or fake bank accounts,” Fawad said during his visit to the Karachi Press Club.

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“The money that is given to Sindh ultimately lands in foreign bank accounts. That is why we want to monitor the funds provided to the Sindh government,” he added.

Referring to an observation by the chief justice of Pakistan on the Sindh government’s performance, Fawad said Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah should resign after these remarks.

He once again urged Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed to ask the Sindh government to implement Article 140 of the Constitution which calls for devolving power to the local governments.

In September 2020, an accountability court in Islamabad indicted the PPP co-chairperson, his sister Faryal Talpur and other accused in the mega-money laundering reference pertaining to the fake accounts case.

Zardari is facing multiple corruption cases that had stemmed from a mega-money laundering scandal, which came into limelight in 2018.

The former president, Faryal and several of their business associates are being probed as part of a 2015 case regarding fake accounts and fictitious transactions — which were initially found to have totalled Rs35 billion — conducted through 29 ‘benami’ accounts.

(With input from APP)

COMMENTS (1)

Farooq khan | 6 months ago | Reply

Justice seems to be delayed in case of Zardari history will not forgive those trying to help this economic destroyer of Pakistan.

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