JIT sends Bilawal another notice in money laundering probe


The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the fake accounts case has issued another notice to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, according to a report in the local media on Thursday.

The report stated that this is the second notice that has been served on the young PPP leader in connection with the mega money laundering scandal involving his father, former president Asif Zardari, paternal aunt Faryal Talpur and others.

Earlier, the JIT had sent Bilawal a questionnaire containing queries about his bank accounts.

Later in the day, PPP leader Sherry Rehman condemned the government for carrying out a “witch-hunt against the opposition”.

Speaking in a press conference, Sherry pointed out that the first notice was issued after Bilawal’s political convention in Gilgil-Biltistan while the recent one was issued after the Sukkur convention. She added that PPP was not afraid of accountability.

Asif Zardari and his sister Faryal have already appeared before the JIT where the former president had told investigators that he has not been involved in any business activity since 2008.

The JIT was formed on the orders of the Supreme Court in October 2018 to probe alleged laundering of billions of rupees through fake bank accounts in connivance with bankers and others to allegedly benefit several people, including Zardari and Talpur.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had been investigating a 2015 case regarding fake accounts and fictitious transactions conducted through 29 ‘benami’ accounts in the Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and United Bank Limited.