PPP Calls on CJP to take notice of party’s leadership for media trial

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The PPP has called on Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar to take notice of what it calls a “media trial” of the party’s top leadership, allegedly at the request of investigators examining a money laundering case.

Asif Ali Zardari the PPP-Parliamentarians President, his sister Faryal Talpur and some of their business companions are currently being investigated as part of a year 2015 case regarding the fake accounts and fictional transactions — which were primarily found to have totaled of Rs.35 billion conducted through 29 ‘benami’ accounts in Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and UBL.

While forming a joint analysis team (JIT) to investigation the ‘Fake’ accounts case, the Supreme Court had barred the inquest team and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from issuing press releases or providing information about the examination to the media.

“Honorable SC in its order had clearly absorbed that to ensure transparent and effective probe, no member of the JIT or FIA will divulge any information to the media,”a statement issued by Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, the PPP spokesperson Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

“Miserably what we are seeing is that in clear violation of SC orders, sources within JIT are openly being quoted on various talk shows and media outlets, to speculate on the ongoing probe,” the statement declared.

The PPP lawgiver said that the alleged speculation is being done with a “mala fide agenda” to harm the party’s top leadership and to “create misperception in the minds of the general public”.

“This raises a lot of queries on the credibility of the investigators, the conduct of the inquiry and it seems that the outcome is already pre-determined,” Khokhar said.

He uttered the hope that Justice Nisar would take suitable action regarding their complaint.

Asif Zardari, his relations and their business associates face accusations that they illegally channeled funds through the fake accounts to launder them in connivance with the CEOs of major banks