No busi­ness ac­tiv­ity af­ter as­sum­ing pres­i­dency: Zar­dari

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY TARIQ BUTT

ISLAMABAD: For­mer pres­i­dent and Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zar­dari has told a Joint In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (JIT) con­sti­tuted by the Supreme Court to probe al­leged money laun­der­ing com­mit­ted through fake bank ac­counts that he has not been in­volved in any busi­ness ac­tiv­ity since 2008.

Zar­dari and his sis­ter Faryal Talpur ap­peared be­fore the JIT separately for their sus­pected in­volve­ment in the fake ac­counts.

The for­mer pres­i­dent stayed with mem­bers of the JIT for about one and a half hours and an­swered the ques­tions they put to him, ofi­cials said.

He told the JIT mem­bers that af­ter as­sum­ing the pres­i­dency of Pak­istan in 2008, he dis­so­ci­ated him­self from all his busi­ness and eco­nomic ven­tures as per the laws con­cerned. Since then he has not been in­volved in any busi­ness ac­tiv­ity.

Zar­dari also said that af­ter be­com­ing pres­i­dent, he re­signed from the po­si­tion of di­rec­tor of the Zar­dari Group, one of the groups al­legedly in­volved in the fake bank ac­counts case. He told the JIT that he was no longer as­so­ci­ated with it. Talpur ap­peared be­fore the JIT some two hours be­fore her brother did.

Ofi­cials said she told the JIT that their lawyer, Abu Bakar Zar­dari, was look­ing af­ter their “le­gal and inan­cial af­fairs.” There­fore, he would be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to re­spond to their ques­tions.

She left the in­ves­ti­ga­tors half an hour later. Sub­se­quently, the JIT mem­bers called Abu Bakar Zar­dari for ques­tion­ing.

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