Bilawal receives another questionnaire by JIT: Money laundering probe

The notice is asking the party chairman to submit replies

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PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has been received another notice by the Joint Investigation Team JIT constituted to investigate into money laundering accusations against PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari and others, party representatives told to DawnNewsTV on Thursday.

The notice is asking the party chairman to submit replies to a questionnaire that has been received and Bilawal would respond to the JIT after consultation with his legal team, the PPP office bearers said.

That was the second notice being sent to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Before the JIT had sent the PPP chairman a questionnaire containing inquiries about his bank accounts.

Later in the day, the PPP leader Sherry Rehman held a presser to judge the government for what she called “witch-hunt against the opposition”.

Rahman stressed that the first notice was issued after Bilawal’s political convention in Gilgit Biltistan though the recent one was issued after the Sukkur convention.

Then she added that PPP was not scared of accountability. She said whereas criticizing the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf led government that the parliament was being ignored.

The PPP leader assumed that the ruling regime in Islamabad was running its affairs like a dictatorship.

“Instead of bringing the country out of the fundamental crises, the government is stating that they will increase the golf between the govt and the opposition.”

Previous president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur had already appeared before the JIT. Zardari told the investigators that he has not been tangled in any business activity since 2008.

The JIT was shaped on the orders of the Supreme Court in October 2018 to inquire the suspected laundering of billions of rupees through fake bank accounts in connivance with bankers and others to apparently benefit several people, including Zardari and Talpur.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had been inspecting a 2015 case regarding fake accounts and fictional transactions conducted through 29 ‘benami’ accounts in the Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and United Bank Limited.

Seven personages, including Zardari, were said to be involved in using the fake accounts for doubtful transactions that were said to amount to tens of billions of rupees. The accounts were allegedly used to channel funds received through kickbacks.