Money laundering scam: Zardari slapped with FIA notice

Karachi: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday issued notices to former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in connection to a money laundering scam.

The siblings have been summoned to record their statements in the case and asked them to appear before FIA’s State Bank Circle in Karachi, Geo TV quoted a source.

The notices were issued by FIA Inspector Muhammad Ali, the source added.

The FIA registered a case of laundering scam worth (Pakistani) Rs. 35 billion in Karachi last week. In the scam, many people are allegedly involved including politicians, businessmen and bankers.

On Monday, the names of Zardari and Talpur have been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the orders of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, Geo TV quoted sources.

FIA has also constituted a seven-member joint investigation team to probe into the matter. The investigation team will be headed by FIA’s Additional Director-General (DG) Najaf Mirza.

On July 6, the FIA arrested Stock Exchange of Pakistan chairman Hussain Lawai, considered to be Zardari’s close aide.