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PPP leaders rush to court for pre-arrest bails in wake of Durrani’s arrest

KARACHI: The arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on corruption charges has left many leaders and ministers of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in a state of fear and panic.

The SHC accepted on Friday the bail pleas of three PPP leaders who included Aijaz Jakhrani, Taimur Talpur and Razzaq Raja.The high court also restrained the NAB from further investigations against former local government minister and MPA Jam Khan Shoro who is already on bail.Shoro in his plea maintained that NAB was carrying out multiple inquiries against him.I acquired bail from SHC but have concerns about getting arrested in further NAB inquiries.
NAB should be stopped from carrying out any further inquiry against me. The arrest should be made conditional to the permission of the high court, Shoro said in his plea.Sindh Assembly censures NAB over Durrani’s arrestWhile restraining NAB from further inquiry, the court also issued notice to NABs director general and others for March 14.Khalid Javed, counsel for Shoro, submitted before the court that Jam Khan Shoro has his own CNG station in Hyderabad but NAB was harassing his client on an eight-month old call-up notice.He said land department has given in writing that CNG stations land is owned by the applicant but land department is being pressurised to declare the land as government property. He said: NAB is harassing his client on political grounds.
Former federal minister and MNA Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, who is an accused in a case of making assets beyond known sources of income, had also filed the pre-arrest bail. After he was granted bail, he left the court without responding to the questions of media.Jakhranis counsel informed the court that his client had been issued a notice to appear before NAB as a witness but they have reservation that anti-graft body might arrest him.While granting bail against a surety of Rs 1 million, the court directed him to cooperate with the NAB in their inquiry.
Taimur Talpur, who is the provincial minister of climate change and coastal development, argued in his plea that NAB sent him a call up notice in January 2019.PPP’s thinly-veiled attempt to outwit the NAB The NAB has sought the details of my assets.I dont know what is the accusation against me? NAB should be stopped from arresting me, Talpur said in his plea. The court granted him bail against a surety of Rs 0.5m till March 29.Another PPP member of the Sindh assembly, Abdul Razzaq Raja, also got pre-arrest bail against the surety of Rs 1m fearing his arrest by NAB in a corruption case relating the Malir Development Authority (MDA).Raja stated before the court that he was given notice by NAB in connection with MDA affairs and he had submitted his reply but due to the current political situation he was afraid of his arrest.rd, 2019.

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Zardari, Talpur granted another bail extension in fake accounts case

KARACHI – A banking court in Karachi on Thursday extended till March 5 the pre-arrest bail granted to former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other suspects in a case pertaining to money laundering of billions through fictitious .
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) top leadership, the Omni Group’s Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairperson Hussain Lawai, Summit Bank Senior Vice-President Taha Raza are among those being investigated in the case.The matter is also being heard by the Supreme Court.Zardari and Talpur arrived at the hearing under stringent security, while the incarcerated suspects Anwar Majeed, Abdul Ghani, Lawai and Raza were brought in by police.During the hearing, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) submitted a medical report citing reasons for its failure to present main accused Aslam Masood, who was recently apprehended with the help of Interpol.Meanwhile, the National Accountability Bureau’s prosecutor maintained that the case should be transferred to Islamabad and said the move was approved by NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.He also requested the court to dismiss the bail extension pleas.The FIA prosecutor seconded his stance, arguing that the Supreme Court’s directives in the suo motu case do not leave room for bail.
Advocate Farook H Naek, Zardari’s counsel, pointed out that the apex court had ordered the JIT report to be forwarded to the anti-graft watchdog in Islamabad for future corruption references.The order did not mention the case pending in the banking court, he said and accused the FIA of misconstruing SC order.
The court told FIA to submit documents if there had been any new developments in the case. The banking court adjourned the hearing of Anwar Majeed and Abdul Ghani’s bail pleas till February 20 and granted extension in pre-arrest bail to Zardari, Talpur and five others till March 5.In December 2015, the Federal Investigation Agency began a discreet investigation into certain bank accounts through which multi-billion rupee transactions have been made. According to FIA sources, information regarding the fake accounts came to the fore when an intelligence agency picked up a prominent money changer in an unrelated case.As the monitoring and investigation of these suspicious accounts continued, it surfaced that five of these accounts in two banks the Sindh Bank and Summit Bank had been used for transactions worth around Rs15 billion.Investigation showed the accounts were operated by fake companies.Funds were credited into these accounts from contractors with multi-billion rupee contracts with the Sindh government. The money was found to have been transferred to accounts of companies owned and operated by the Omni Group, whose chairperson, Anwar Majeed, is a close aide of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari.Another beneficiary was Nasir Lootah, the chairperson of Summit Bank.The probe, however, was shelved.
It resumed almost a year and a half later. FIA’s State Bank circle initiated a formal inquiry in January, 2018.By June, the FIA had several high-profile names on its list but was unable to make headway for several reasons. It was at his point that the Supreme Court intervened.Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the slow progress’ in the money laundering case.In July, Zardari’s close aides; Hussain Lawai, Taha Raza and two others were arrested.Subsequently, the first case was registered in the mega-corruption scandal.The FIA submitted its report to the apex court on July 8 which revealed a web of companies and accounts that were being used to transfer billions of rupees.In all, 29 accounts were identified that received payments, totaling at least Rs35 billion.

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Zardari, Talpur bail extended in fake bank accounts case

A banking court in Karachi on Thursday extended till March 5 the pre-arrest bail granted to former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other suspects in a case pertaining to alleged laundering of billions of rupees through .
Zardari and Talpur arrived at the court amid stringent security, while the incarcerated suspects Omni Groups Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, Pakistan Stock Exchange former chairperson Hussain Lawai, Summit Bank Senior Vice-President Taha Raza were brought in by police.
During the hearing, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) submitted a medical report citing reasons for its failure to present main accused Aslam Masood, who was recently apprehended with the help of Interpol.Meanwhile, the National Accountability Bureaus prosecutor maintained that the case should be transferred to Islamabad and said the move was approved by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.
He also requested the court to dismiss the bail extension pleas. The FIA prosecutor seconded his stance, arguing that the Supreme Courts directives in the suo motu case do not leave room for bail.Zardaris counsel Farook H Naek pointed out that the apex court had ordered the JIT report to be forwarded to the anti-graft watchdog in Islamabad for future corruption references. The order did not mention the case pending in the banking court, he said, and accused the FIA of misconstruing the SC order.The court told FIA to submit documents if there had been any new developments in the case.Later, the court adjourned the hearing of Anwar Majeed and Abdul Ghanis bail pleas till February 20 and granted extension in pre-arrest bail to Zardari, Talpur and five others till March 5.
th 2019.

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