Fake accounts case: Accountability court adjourns hearing till May 21

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party leader and former President Asif Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur today arrived at the accountability court for hearing of case related to the fictitious bank accounts.

The Judge Arshsad Malik adjourned the hearing of the case against both the accused till May 21 following to non submission of copies of the reference filed against the suspects by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

“How will they even run the trial when they have not even provided the copies of the reference to the suspects,” the judge remarked.

It is pertinent to mention here that the probe watchdog has also today summoned Zardari but later summon was postponed upon his request.

Moreover, NAB has prepared another reference in the fake accounts case against former president i.e the Harish and Company case.

As per the new reference filed by the investigation body, Harish and Company allegedly took a contract for water supply from the Special Initiative Department of Sindh bu the project remaing stagnant as before due to zero work done on the project.

Probe watchdog also alleged that the funds granted to the company were utilized for meeting daily expenditures of Naudero House in Larkana.

Harish and Company was the front company to Park Lane Estate which led to a loss of Rs60 million to the national exchequer, NAB officials said.

Money-Laundering case:

In the light of the case, FIA is investigating more than 30 people in a case related to fabricated bank transactions called as ‘Benami accounts’ in which ex-President Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur, Omni Group Chairman Anwar Majeed, Hussain Lawai and others are accused in the case.

According to FIA, the laundered amount is said to be earned through kickbacks, bribes and commissions.