NAB files another reference in fake accounts case


ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday filed another corruption reference in the fake accounts case.

The anti-graft watchdog has named at least 13 people as suspects in the reference including Omni Group Chairman Anwar Majeed, his son Abdul Ghani Majeed and his wife Manahil Majeed, Sindh secretary Aijaz Ahmed, Hassan Ali Memon and Ali Akbar.

The reference accuses them of misusing authority to grant contracts to favoured persons; namely the Omni Group. It also alleges that Abdul Ghani used the money to acquire land in Defence Housing Authority (DHA). The land has been seized by NAB.

Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur, Omni Group Chairman Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairman Hussain Lawai, Summit Bank Senior Vice-President Taha Raza are among those being investigated in the fake accounts case. The case is also being heard by the Supreme Court.

The development comes after a Karachi banking court accepted NAB’s request to transfer the fake accounts case to Islamabad. The bureau had filed the transfer appeal following the Supreme Court’s decision in the case wherein the joint investigation team (JIT) report and evidence collected was referred to the bureau for further investigations.