Zardari, Faryal not to appear before FIA today


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From Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: The PPP has decided that its Co-chairman Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur will not appear before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials today.

The decision came after the agency had issued notices to the two PPP leaders for appearance on July 11 in connection with an inquiry launched into the alleged money laundering scam involving fake bank accounts.

It was decided that Farooq Naek will represent the two in the inquiry.

It is also reported that the FIA has decided not to arrest Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur.

The notices were issued by FIA Inspector Muhammad Ali Abro, asking them to appear before FIA’s State Bank Circle on July 11.

According to FIA officials, the agency will first examine their response before proceeding against the PPP leaders as per the law.

The officials maintained that action will also be taken against top bank executives if the duo was found guilty.

More than 30 people are being investigated for laundering billions of rupees through fictitious bank accounts.

It is pertinent to mention that the Supreme Court has also summoned Zardari and Talpur on July 12.

The FIA inquiry started when the financial monitoring unit of the State Bank of Pakistan generated a ‘suspicious transaction report’ in January this year regarding 10 bank accounts.

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