NAB forms combined investigation team to probe fake accounts case

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has constituted a combined investigation team (CIT) to probe money laundering of billions of rupees through fictitious bank accounts.

As per details, NAB has taken this decision in the light of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the fake accounts suo motu case wherein the joint investigation team (JIT) report and evidence collected was transferred to the bureau (NAB).

Earlier, the court had directed NAB to conduct a fresh investigation within two months and file references against the accused. The JIT highlighted the alleged involvement of the top leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leadership, including Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

Reportedly, Omni Group’s Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairperson Hussain Lawai and Summit Bank Senior Vice-President Taha Raza are also among 32 people being investigated by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Acting upon the apex court’s directives, NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal held an important meeting with the anti-graft watchdog’s prosecutor general, DG operations, DG Rawalpindi and other top officials on Tuesday.

During the course of the meeting, it was decided that NAB Rawalpindi DG Irfan Naeem Mangi would be heading the CIT while the NAB chairman would directly supervise it.