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Pretend accounts case: Reference filed in opposition to Asif Zardari over alleged graft of Rs8bn

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  • NAB recordsdata a reference of corruption price Rs8 billion in opposition to Asif Zardari and his former worker Mushtaq Ahmed.
  • Reference has been filed at an accountability courtroom in Islamabad.
  • It alleges an unlawful transaction of Rs8.3 billion was carried out by way of Mushtaq Ahmed’s checking account to buy properties in Karachi.

The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed one other reference within the ongoing pretend accounts probe in opposition to former president Asif Ali Zardari, accusing him of corruption of greater than Rs8 billion.

The reference has been filed at an accountability courtroom in Islamabad during which Zardari and his stenographer Mushtaq Ahmed have been named because the accused.

In response to the reference, an unlawful transaction of Rs8.3 billion was carried out by way of Mushtaq Ahmed’s checking account with the cash paid to a personal housing society — positioned in a fancy space of Karachi — to buy properties. 

The reference states that the properties belong to Zardari.

The accused named within the reference, Mushtaq Ahmed, labored as a authorities worker from 2009 to 2013 within the Presidential Palace. He was recruited as a stenographer on the request of Senator Rukhsana Bangash.

Mushtaq, who’s at the moment stated to be in London, remained on the centre of the pretend accounts JIT investigation, officers aware of the probe informed Geo Information.

A 3rd accused within the case, Zain Malik, already signed a plea-bargain with the NAB and deposited round Rs9 billion to the nationwide exchequer.

Investigators, who spoke to Geo Information, imagine that Mushtaq Ahmed, who has been serving Zardari for 15 years, fled the nation on April 3, 2015, by way of Karachi’s Jinnah Worldwide Airport to Dubai, as he got here below the radar of the authorities for possession of a considerable amount of property.

Mushtaq by no means filed his annual returns with the Federal Board of Income (FBR), in line with the the investigation. Immigration data of each Zardari and Mushtaq recommend that they went on round 104 journeys overseas collectively within the final ten years.

The final time Zardari and Mushtaq travelled collectively was on February 25, 2015, to the United Arab Emirates, the investigation revealed additional.

In response to the data of the Nationwide Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and the immigration workers, each Zardari and Mushtaq had registered Zardari Home in Islamabad because the deal with on their CNICs.

Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, who’s the spokesman of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, stated the celebration’s authorized crew — headed by Farooq H Naek — is pleading the pretend accounts case.

“The matter is under investigation and the party has also been facing cases in the past, so it will continue to face them now as well,” Khokhar stated. 

“We have been emerging triumphant against the courts,” he added.

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