Court to hear first NAB reference in fake accounts case on April 19


ISLAMABAD: A day after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a reference in the fake accounts case against nine suspects, an accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday issued notices to all suspects, asking them to appear before the court on April 19.

NAB has named Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) former administrator Mohammad Hussain Syed; businessman Yousaf Kudwai; former KMC metropolitan commissioners Matanat Ali Khan and Samiuddin Siddique; KDA Wing Additional Director Syed Khalid Zafar Hashmi; KDA Wing former director Najamuz Zaman; and KDA Wing assistant directors Abdul Rasheed and Abdul Ghani.

Some of the suspects are close aides of the former president Asif Ali Zardari.

According to the reference, the nominated accused persons be tried in the court for buying properties in Karachi through the said fake accounts.

One of the suspects has given up his Rs600m property on Wednesday, given NAB its charge. Media reports claim that Kudwavi has given NAB his written consent to take over the property, and also surrendered the relevant documents.

This was the first reference filed by the accountability watchdog after the Supreme Court allowed it to take charge of the case. Hence, on the request of NAB chief Javed Iqbal, the case was moved from a Karachi banking court to NAB court in Rawalpindi much to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leadership’s chagrin.

The fake accounts case involves alleged money laundering through 29 accounts, which were found opened in three banks — Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and United Bank Ltd.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had named PPP leaders Asif Ali Zardari, sibling Faryal Talpur, Omni Group Chairman Anwar Majeed, his sons and over 10 others as suspects in an interim charge sheet filed in a banking court in August last year.