PPP asks CJP to take notice of ‘media trial’

 Ask my father about Zardari Group, not me: Bilawal tells JIT

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Tariq Virk

ISLAMABAD

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Friday called on Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice SaqibNisar to take notice of what it termed the media trial of its leadership in violation of the Supreme Court’s orders.

Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, spokesperson for PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, in a statement said the Supreme Court had clearly directed that, to ensure transparent and effective inquiry, no member of the Joint Investigation Committee (JIT) or Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) would divulge any information to the media.

The apex court had passed these orders while forming the JIT to investigate the alleged fake bank accounts.

Sources “within JIT” were openly being quoted on various talk shows and media outlets to speculate on the ongoing inquiry, said Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar.

“The ongoing speculation is clearly being done with a mala fide agenda to twist the facts and to malign the PPP leadership and create confusion in the minds of the general public,” he said.

In the statement, Khokhar claimed the media trial was being carried out “at the behest of the FIA and JIT”, and wondered what options the apex court was left with to correct the damage.

He also questioned the court for “continuously ignoring the media trial”.

“This raises a lot of questions on the credibility of the investigators, the conduct of the investigation, and seems that the outcome is already predetermined,” he said.

Khokhar hoped the honourable chief justice would take appropriate action in this regard.

Meanwhile, the legal team of Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in a written reply that their client was not aware of Zardari Group Pvt Ltd. dealings.

The PPP chairman informed investigators that his father, former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, looks the affairs of business.

“He (Bilawal) claimed that it is true that he is one of directors for Zardari Group Pvt Ltd but does not take part in its business. All affairs are being run by his father (Asif Ali Zardari) and JIT should question him regarding fake accounts case,” officials familiar with the latest development pertaining to multi-billion scam, however, revealed.

The written reply of Bhutto was submitted by his legal team headed Farooq H. Naek, said, “he mostly remained abroad, became tax resident in 2016 in Pakistan so all affairs and business dealings like payments of water, food charges, rent, etc. are being dealt by his father—so it is a better option to question him.”

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari did not appear before the JIT and was represented through his lawyer Farooq H Naek, who already representing former President Asif Ali Zardari and FaryalTalpur in fake Bank accounts scam.

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has officially requested the JIT to send him a questionnaire before he appeared before the investigators. According to sources, JIT wanted to question Bilawal Bhutto as director Zardari Group Ltd which allegedly has been beneficiary of fake accounts. More than 620 individuals who have an alleged direct or in-direct link with more than 300 fake accounts have accumulated the wealth worth around Rs110 billion, officials associated with the investigation process revealed to this

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