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Names of Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur have NOT been placed on ECL: Sources

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KARACHI: Newspakistan.tv has been informed by reliable sources that contrary to the reports in various sections of Media, the names of Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur have not been placed on ECL.

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

i) Former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has been instructed by the Deputy Directed FIA to appear before him to record his statement on Wednesday 11th of July at the office of the Deputy Director, FIA, State Bank Circle, 3rd Floor, Habib Square, Bolton Market, M.A. Jinnah Road, Karachi. The Order reads:

ORDER FOR ATTENDANCE UNDER SECTION 160 CR.P.C.

Whereas I, Assistant Director Muhammad Ali Abro, an officer of Federal Investigation Agency, State Bank Circle, Karachi empowered u/s 5 of FIA Act 1974, am engaged in investigation of FIR No. 04/2018 registered u/s 419/420/468/471/109 PPC r/w 5(2) 1947 r/w 3 & 4 AML Act 2010.

It has come on record that cheque No. 5384360 dated 20.05.2014 amounting to Rs. 15,000,000/- of A/c No. 1-2-2820620-714-139111 titled A-One International maintained at Summit Bank Kh-e-Tanzeem Branch Karachi is credited in account No. 1-2-15-20620-714-103078 titled Zardari Group (Pvt.) Ltd maintained at Summit Bank. Whereas you being the shareholder of M/s Zardari Group (Pvt.) Ltd are acquainted with the facts of the said case, therefore, you are advised to appear before the undersigned to record your statement on 11.07.2018 at 100 hours along with your original CNIC and to justify above-mentioned transaction along with complete details.

In case of deliberate failure to comply with above orders, the necessary legal action shall be initiated.

Muhammad Ali Abro, Assistant Director

Copy forwarded to the Deputy Director, FIA, State Bank Circle, Karachi for information.

(Published on 10th of July 2018)

ii) A close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari has been remanded for 5-days today by a local court in FIA custody in a money-laundering investigation. According to details, Judicial Magistrate South has approved his physical remand. Taha Raza, another suspect in the case has also been detained. Both accused, arrested on Friday, were produced before the Magistrate this morning. A total of 32 people are being interrogated apropos laundering of Rs. 35b by means of a number of benami accounts. 

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that the investigation was launched after the SBP’s Financial Monitoring Unit generated a Suspicious Transaction Report in January about a number of bank accounts. 

Hussain Lawai while talking to Newspakistan.tv denied any involvement in the said money-laundering case. Asserting that time would tell why he was being targeted, Hussain Lawai said that he was not sure whether he was being targeted for being a close aide of the former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.

A relevant piece published earlier:  Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that former head of Summit Bank Hussain Lawai – reportedly a close associate of PPPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari – has been nabbed by FIA. Hussain Lawai was going to Dubai recently when he was stopped from traveling.  Hussain Lawai, while talking to Media claimed that he was not aware as to why he was stopped from leaving the country.   However, sources said though his name was not placed on ECL, a number of inquiries were underway since 2015 in connection with suspicious bank transactions/money laundering worth Rs. 35b.  FIA sources revealed that over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at the Summit Bank were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees’ were made.  

According to FIA, transactions of huge amounts of black money – gotten via kickbacks, commissions and bribes – were made via these accounts yet the bank never reported any such activities to FIA or others.   In 2015, FIA initiated an inquiry into the case and notices were issued to responsible persons including Hussain Lawai. Savants at the helm of affairs insinuate that after conviction of Nawaz Sharif and his clan, the noose is tightening around the Zardari’s neck.  According to the pieces of information provided by the sources privy to NPTV, Hussain Lawai, Chairman Central Depository Company, AVP Sindh Bank Mukhtiar and two other bankers were detained by FIA today for interrogation in a money laundering case. 

Detained Hussain Lawai and the other bankers are accused of facilitating opening of 29 fake’ accounts in the Summit Bank, Sindh Bank, and United Bank Limited, where ‘beneficiaries of the Sindh government’ had deposited Rs35b. Sources have informed that the huge amount of Rs. 35b was transferred to different accounts including to Arab national Nasser Abdulla Lootah, who interesting happens to be the chairman of the BoDs of Summit Bank. (Published on 7th of July 2018) 

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SC directs to shift Anwar Majeed from hospital to jail

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court today directed authorities to shift Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed, from the hospital to jail.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the directions after examining the medical report of Mr. Anwar Majeed. The court had formed a committee under the Surgeon General of Pakistan for the medical examination of the accused, in a money laundering case. Additional Attorney General submitted the medical reports of Majeed and his son, before the bench stating that the Omni Group chairman can be made part of investigations. The Chief Justice remarked, “Is he an official guest? shift him to the jail, he has been enjoying for over a month.” After examining the report, the Chief Justice observed that the accused were in good condition so they should be in jail instead of a hospital.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August in relation to a Rs 35 billion money laundering case. The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to the sources. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions, and bribes.

 

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Traffic violations: E-ticketing from 24th Sept in Lahore

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LAHORE: The Lahorites would receive electronic challans at their addresses given at the time of registration of vehicles over violation of traffic rules from Monday (24th September).
A spokesman for Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) said that a test run had already been conducted regarding electronic ticketing to ensure optimum efficiency after its launch.
The e-ticketing contains real-time violation graphics, type, and corresponding penalty numerics initially to be paid to the branches of Bank of Punjab, whereas similar arrangements were underway with National Bank of Pakistan along with various other deposit facilities, the spokesman said.
He said that these operations would be executed from the PSCA electronic ticketing center, in coordination with the City Traffic Police (CTP) and in compliance with the Motor Vehicles Ordinance and the rules, Section 116-A. The back side of E-tickets depicted all the violations, fines, and relevant instructions, he added.
The fine would have to be paid in 10 days; otherwise, the amount would double, the spokesman said and added that frequent violations or non-payment of fines would lead to impounding of vehicles. The PSCA urged people to observe traffic rules and take extra caution to avoid getting ticketed. More information can be obtained by calling at universal emergency helpline 15, the spokesman added.

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Malaysia pardons three Mexicans on death row

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MEXICO: The Sultan of the southern Malaysian state of Johor has commuted the death sentences of three Mexican brothers who were set to be hanged for drug trafficking crimes, Mexico said.
After years of lobbying by Mexican diplomats, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor – one of Malaysia’s most powerful and wealthiest state rulers – commuted the men’s death sentences to life in prison, Mexico’s foreign ministry said Thursday.
“This was the result of a long process and intense dialogue with Malaysian federal authorities,” it said in a statement.
The brothers — Simon, Luis Alfonso, and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal – were arrested in a raid on a methamphetamine lab in Johor in March 2008.
The brothers, who hail from the Mexican state of Sinaloa — home to jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel — insisted they were innocent, saying they had been hired to clean the building and were unaware what was being made inside.
But a Malaysian court sentenced them to hang to death in May 2012. The conviction was upheld on appeal the following year.
Mexico, which does not use capital punishment, neither accepted nor rejected the court’s guilty verdict, but pushed for the death sentence to be commuted.

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