ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday announced the arrest of Omni Group’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Arif Khan as part of the investigation into the fake accounts and mega money laundering case.
According to a NAB press statement, Arif Khan is a key figure in the case and was arrested from New Islamabad Airport by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and then handed over to the anti-corruption officials.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Faryal Talpur, 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 a case related to money laundering of billions through fictitious bank accounts.
The matter is also being heard by the Supreme Court. In a written order, the apex court directed that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report and evidence collected throughout the probe, be transmitted to the bureau for further inquiry.
The arrest comes after a banking court in Karachi accepted NAB’s request to transfer the money laundering case to Islamabad.
On Wednesday, the anti-graft watchdog filed first interim reference nominating nine for alleged misuse of authority and illegal allotment of amenity plots in Karachi. The accused included eight senior government officials and director of a private company.