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Fake accounts case: JIT questions Bilawal Bhutto

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Pakistan People Party’s Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto will not appear before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’ Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing fake accounts scam.

According to the PPP, Bilawal Bhutto was not summoned by JIT but a questionnaire was sent to him and was asked to be responded by Nov 29. Barrister Farooq H Naek is assisting Bilawal to respond to the JIT queries.

The FIA claims that the Zardari Group clearly establishes close linkage with suspicious bank accounts of bogus companies.

Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur will, however, appear before JIT today (Wednesday) in Karachi.

The FIA in its recent report has claimed that the personal account of Asif Ali Zardari was used to deposit Rs 18.8 million in the account of Zardari Group; that showed direct linkage of Zardari with an account of Zardari Group.

Zardari group’s account, as per FIA, has been used to deposit Rs 30 million and Rs 85 million into suspicious fake accounts, under the signature of Faryal Talpur, sister of Asif Ali Zardari.

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Interestingly, Bilawal Bhutto is the director of the same Zardari Group. The report said that Zardari Group’s account had made substantial transactions from suspicious accounts of companies like Lucky International, Umair Associates, A-One International, and Tariq Associates.

The FIA claims that the Zardari Group clearly establishes close linkage with suspicious bank accounts of bogus companies.

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The JIT has been probing into alleged laundering of billions of rupees through fake (benami) bank accounts in connivance with bankers and others to allegedly benefit several people, including Mr. Zardari and Ms. Talpur.

The accounts were allegedly used to channel funds received through kickbacks.