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Tuesday Dec 25 2018

PPP accepts court decisions, ready to face cases: Sindh CM

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah - file photo

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Peoples' Party accepts every court decision and they are ready to face every graft case to be made on the basis of a report by a joint investigation team in the long-running money laundering case.

The chief minister was speaking to the press at Mazar-e-Quaid on the occasion of the birth anniversary of founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. 

A JIT report submitted in the Supreme Court on Monday held the Zardari and Omni groups responsible in the mega money laundering and fake accounts case.

A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan heard the suo motu case at the apex court's Lahore registry and issued a notice to PPP co-chairperson Asif Zardari. The court also imposed a ban on the sale and purchase of Zardari and Omni groups' properties.

Shah said the Sindh government gave subsidy on sugarcane and power plants for the relief of the public.

"We are ready to face courts for serving the people," the chief minister added.

Shah pointed out that the JIT had written the provincial government gave tractors to the farmers on subsidised rates.

The chief minister lamented that the metropolis was still facing 18 hour load-shedding.

Hundreds of people were killed in Karachi a few years back but now the law and order situation has improved in the city, he observed. 

The case

The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.

The former president’s other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed a close aide and Omni Group chairman and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August.

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 sources.

The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.


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