FIA uncovers 30 unknown bank accounts in money laundering probe


PESHAWAR: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) uncovered 30 more benami bank accounts as part of its probe into money-laundering.

According to officials, the 30 accounts were registered under the names of eight domestic workers employed by a businessman.

While the workers were paid monthly salary between Rs12,000 to Rs15,000, transactions worth more than Rs10 billion were conducted through their accounts.

The accounts were utilised to launder money from various districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

“National Identity Cards of those involved have been sent to the State Bank for further information and to find out if there are more bank accounts present under their name,” FIA officials said.


The case was initially registered in 2015 against former Pakistan Stock Exchange Chairman Hussain Lawai, who is widely believed to be close to former president Zardari.

In July, Lawai was arrested in connection with the probe along with the Omni Group chairman, Anwar Majeed, and his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed, were also arrested by the FIA. Lawai, Majeed and his son remain under custody for interrogation.

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 the FIA, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.