National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor Mudassir Naqvi, who was representing the anti-corruption watchdog in two references against former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari resigned on Thursday citing his parent’s ailing health as the reason.
“On account of some personal reasons, I find myself unable to continue with NAB any further, thus constrained to tender instant resignation,” wrote Muddasir in his resignation letter addressed to the prosecutor general of NAB.
NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal accepted his resignation.
Naqvi was a member of the six-member special prosecution team in fake accounts case and was representing the anti-graft body in two references, including Park Lane and Money Laundering reference.
Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur, his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other accused face charges of corruption through fake bank accounts and embezzlement in the financial facility for Park Lane Private Limited and Parthenon (Pvt) Limited.
NAB has alleged that the national exchequer suffered a loss of Rs3.77 billion because of the irregularities. Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan’s records indicate that Zardari and Bilawal are 50 per cent shareholders of Park Lane, a real estate firm. As per the prosecution, the Park Lane case is being investigated under different sections of NAO 1999 and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010 for Zardari’s alleged involvement “in extending loan and its misappropriation by M/S Parthenon Private Limited, M/S Park Lane Estate Private Limited and others”.
The fake bank accounts case involves alleged money laundering worth billions of rupees 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 Zardari, 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 2018. The case was transferred in March 2019 from the banking court in Karachi to the accountability court of Rawalpindi for trial.