FIA crackdowns against money laundering suspects on the cards

Conference was presided over by the FIA Director General Bashir Memon

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ISLAMABAD: It has decided by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to launch a massive crackdown against those Pakistanis who have purchased properties in Dubai with the money laundered to the Gulf state and money changers invo­lved in unlawful transfer of funds.

According to a document, the decision was taken in a directors’ conference held in the FIA headquarters on 11th December. The conference was presided over by the FIA Director General Bashir Memon.

The FIA chief updated the participants about the directives given by Prime Minister Imran Khan to conduct instantly a crackdown against Hawala dealers (the money changers), money launderers and those involved in siphoning off money from Pakistan for the purchase of properties in Dubai.

He instructed subordinates to conduct thorough inquiries against money launderers and submit daily progress report on action against Hawala dealers and against purchasers of properties in Dubai through laundered money.

The FIA chief engaged the anti-corruption wing of the agency to present him a detailed inquiry report of the suspects.

It has been cultured that a six member ministerial committee would monitor the crackdown being launched against elements involved in money laundering, terror financing capital flight from Pakistan.