PTI files disqualification reference against Faryal in ECP

AC extends Faryal Talpur's physical remand for 14 days

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Staff Report

Islamabad

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed on Monday a petition in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking the disqualification of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Faryal Talpur as member of the provincial assembly.

According to local media reports, the petition was filed by members of PTI in Sindh Assembly, Haleem Adil Sheikh and Arsalan Taj. The petition states that Talpur should be disqualified as she was facing charges of fake accounts, money laundering and corruption.

The petition argued that the PPP leader is facing charges in the Islamabad High Court and cannot hold the assembly membership.

Talking to the media representatives after filing the petition, Sheikh said anybody involved in corruption would face the inquiry and would be taken to task for his or her crimes.

Meanwhile, an accountability court on Monday extended the physical remand of Faryal Talpur till July 8, in the money laundering/fake accounts case.

The National Accountability Bureau presented Talpur before the court today. Her counsel, Lateef Khosa, said that her client has nothing to do with Park Lane apartments and is not even its director.

The NAB arrested Pakistan Talpur from Islamabad after her brother, former president, and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, was arrested by the anti-graft body earlier.

The NAB is investigating four cases where the former president and his sister are the prime accused. The cases pertain to transactions worth hundreds of millions of rupees to the two leaders’ private companies, allegedly, through fake bank accounts.

The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.

The former president’s other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed a close aide and Omni Group chairman and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August.

Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to sources.

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