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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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20 people injured in attack on BAP office

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QUETTA: At least 20 persons were injured when some unknown men threw a hand grenade at Balochistan Awami Party’s (BAP) election office in Dalbandin area of Chaghi district on Sunday evening.
According to police sources, unidentified men riding a motorbike hurled a hand grenade at an election office of BAP which went off, leaving 20 workers of BAP injured on the spot, in Killi Khuda-e-Raheem area.
Police reached the site and shifted the injured to a nearby hospital for medical aid.
Four of the injured were being shifted to Quetta Civil hospital in view of their critical condition. Law enforcement agencies reached the site, cordoned off the entire area and started an investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suicide attack at Kabul airport leaves 14 dead, 60 wounded

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KABUL: A suicide bomber killed at least 14 people and wounded 60 at the entrance to Kabul international airport on Sunday, officials said, as scores gathered to welcome home Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum from exile.
Senior government officials, political leaders, and supporters were leaving the airport after greeting the powerful ethnic Uzbek leader and former warlord when the explosion happened.
“This is the first time I have seen a suicide attack,” one witness told the Media. “People were collecting human flesh with their hands,” he said, shaking as he spoke. “What is going on in Afghanistan?”
Dostum, clad in a Western suit and sunglasses and traveling in an armored vehicle, was unharmed, said his spokesman Bashir Ahmad Tayanj.
Kabul Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said 14 people had been killed and 60 wounded, adding that nine members of the security forces and traffic police were among the dead.
The suicide bomber was on foot, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said, adding that civilians, including a child, and security force members were among the casualties.
Dostum, who is linked to a catalog of human rights abuses in Afghanistan, was mobbed like a celebrity as he left the chartered plane from Turkey, where he has lived since May 2017.
His return, which has been the subject of much speculation, comes amid violent protests in several provinces across northern Afghanistan, his traditional power base.
Thousands of Dostum’s supporters have taken to the streets in recent weeks, shuttering election and government offices and blocking sections of highways to demand the release of a pro-government militia leader and call for Dostum’s return.
Expectations of the return did little to quell the unrest, with protesters vowing Sunday to continue demonstrating until the burly leader of the Uzbek ethnic minority tells them otherwise.
“We don’t trust the government. We will continue our protests unless General Dostum tells us to stop,” Ehsanullah Qowanch, a protest leader in Faryab province, told the Media. 
Qowanch also repeated calls for the release of Nezamuddin Qaisari – a district police chief and Dostum’s provincial representative in Faryab – whose arrest earlier this month ignited the protests.
Another protester, Massoud Khan, said: “We have been on the streets for 20 days now. We are not going to stop our protests unless our demands are met.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sherpao condemns suicide blast in DI Khan

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PESHAWAR: Chairman Qaumi Watan Party Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao condemned the suicide blast in Dera Ismail Khan Tuesday which claimed PTI candidate for KP assembly and former provincial minister Ikram Ullah Gandapur and injured five others.
He expressed his deepest sorrows and condolences over the martyrdom of the PTI leader Ikram Ullah Gandapur. He said this while addressing a public meeting in Kanewar Tehsil Tangi District Charsadda in connection of election 2018 campaign Sunday.
QWP chief said that terrorism had played havoc with the lives of the people in KP. He said it was the time that the government should devise a strategy to effectively tackle the menace.
Condemning the sorrowful incident, he said that with the martyrdom people had lost a good political figure in the province. Expressing his heartfelt sympathies with the families of the deceased and wounded people said Sherpao.
He said that maintaining law and order situation and holding free and fair elections are the two key responsibilities of caretaker governments. He lamented that they did not fully act upon their duties to
eradicate the number of serious incidents.
“It is need of the hour that all the political parties and stakeholders should jointly work to take a unified stand against terrorists in order to restore peace to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the
people” he added.
He has expressed his concern over the recent terrorist incidents and said that it was the time that the caretaker government should take effective steps to control the menace of terrorism and ensure the protection of the politicians to provide them a peaceful environment for smooth election campaigns and gave way to holding of transparent elections.
He said that Pakhtuns had rendered numerous sacrifices in the war against terrorism both of lives and material but unfortunately no reward was paid to them for their sacrifices in the center which further increased the sense of growing deprivation among them.
He said that QWP will leave no stone unturned to address the grievances of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that KP needed an honest leadership for its welfare that could steer the province out of the existing problems. Sherpao expressed his grave concern over the unannounced and excessive load shedding in parts of KP. He said in extremely hot weather electricity outrages made the lives of the people miserable.
He expressed his firm conviction that Qaumi Watan Party will fight for the rights of Pakhtuns and will raise voice against the exploitation of the people of his province on every platform. He said that QWP will emerge the only representative of Pakhtuns in the general elections of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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