The Ministry of Interior has put as many as 78 alleged of using fake bank accounts for money laundering on the Exit Control List (ECL).
According to media reports, a total of 95 individuals have been barred from leaving the country.
Of these 95 individuals, 78 have been placed on the ECL while 17 on the Federal Investigation Agency’s ‘stop list’, also referred to as the Provisional National Identification List (PNIL).
The reports added that neither Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari nor any of his family members have named in the list.
The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
The former president’s another close aide and Omni Group chairman, Anwar Majeed, and his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed, were also arrested by the FIA in August. Lawai, Majeed and his son remain under custody.
Investigations so far have revealed that several ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made.
The amount, according to reports, is said to be ‘black money’ gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.