Pakistan CJ hints at constituting high-power JIT to probe money laundering allegations against Asif Ali Zardari

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Monday hinted at constituting a high-power Joint Investigation Team – similar to the one formed in the Panama Papers case against Nawaz Sharif – to probe the money laundering allegations against former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister, according to media reports.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) approached the apex court after Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur failed to appear before a joint investigation team probing alleged money laundering of Rs 35 billion through fake accounts, the News reported.

On August 1, the FIA had issued notices to Zardari and Talpur to appear before the JIT in Islamabad on Saturday. But the duo did not appear.

During today’s hearing by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Nisar, Justice Umar Ata Bandia said that the money stashed in accounts is illegal. On this the chief justice observed that

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