Zardari announces anti-govt campaign after Eid

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said that will run an anti-government campaign on roads not in the Parliament after Eid.

Talking to media men outside the Islamabad High Court, Zardari said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and economy cannot go side by side adding that economy will not get better till the actions of NAB end.

He said there is no difference between present amnesty scheme of the government and the past amnesty scheme.

“If anyone has a little amount he will then whiten black money”, he added.

Zardari said Bilawal is the son of Shaheed Bibi; he has to walk on embers.

Replying to a question that if you are not afraid of jails then why have you got bail from the courts? Zardari said bail is his constitutional right.

Replying to another query former president said that government has completely failed. Country’s condition is before everyone. Inflation has zoomed to peaks and poor has nothing to do but too fast. Terrorism has started once again while our government is busy in putting opposition behind the bars.

He said he will run an anti-government campaign on roads not in the Parliament after Eid.

Earlier in the day, the IHC extended pre-arrest bail for former president and his sister Faryal Talpur in several corruption cases in which they are being investigated by theNAB.

NAB has summoned Zardari in Haresh Company case on May 16, which is part of the ongoing money laundering and fake accounts cases.

In the petition, Zardari had stated that he has been summoned by the accountability watchdog in the Haresh and Company case and he could be arrested.

The former president has requested the court to restrain NAB from arresting him besides approving his bail plea.

On April 29 IHC on the request of Asif Ali Zardari had summoned details of under investigation cases against him from NAB while NAB filed report in this respect on May 14.

NAB told the court through report that it has conducted inquiries in fake bank accounts matter under the order  of Supreme Court and overall 26 inquiries and investigations are underway.  The role of Asif Ali Zardari has come to open in 5 inquiries and 3 investigations.

In December 2015, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) began a discreet investigation into certain bank accounts through which multi-billion rupee transactions had been made. According to FIA sources, information regarding the fake accounts came to the fore when an intelligence agency picked up a prominent money changer in an unrelated case.

As the monitoring and investigation of these suspicious accounts continued, it surfaced that five of these accounts in two banks – the Sindh Bank and Summit Bank – had been used for transactions worth around Rs15 billion.

Investigation showed the accounts were operated by fake companies. Funds were credited into these accounts from contractors with multi-billion rupee contracts with the Sindh government. The money was found to have been transferred to accounts of companies owned and operated by the Omni Group, whose chairperson, Anwar Majeed, is a close aide of Zardari. Another beneficiary was Nasir Lootah, the chairperson of Summit Bank.

The probe, however, was shelved. It resumed almost a year and a half later. FIA’s State Bank circle initiated a formal inquiry in January 2018.

By June 2018, FIA had several high-profile names on its list but was unable to make headway – for several reasons. It was at his point that the Supreme Court (SC) intervened. The then chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the ‘slow progress’ in the money laundering case.