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Monday Apr 08 2019

Zardari’s witty response to journalist when asked about Nawaz

Former president Asif Ali Zardari leaving the accountability court in Islamabad. Photo: Geo News screengrab 

ISLAMABAD: Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari appeared before an accountability court hearing the money laundering case of Monday and was asked a question about former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Prior to the hearing, a journalist asked Zardari about his sentiments on sitting on the same chair which was once occupied by Nawaz Sharif.

“Mian sahib is a high profile personality, we are not,” Zardari replied wittingly.

During today’s hearing of the case, two of the accused in the case requested the court that they are allowed to testify as witnesses.

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 last year 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 2018.

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.