Bilawal Bhutto is innocent: CJP

Dunya News

SC heard money laundering through fake bank accounts case.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday has directed to remove Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s name from Exit Control List (ECL).

During the hearing of money laundering through fake bank accounts, the top judge has also ordered to omit Bilalwal’s name from Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report.

He has also directed to exclude Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah’s name from the list.

Murad Ali Shah should have been given the right to state his opinion while the PPP Chairman, who was out of the country pursuing his studies, is innocent and had nothing to do with the businesses of his father, he observed.

Meanwhile, Attorney-General Anwar Mansoor Khan told the court that the matter of placing names of one hundred and seventy-two suspects on ECL was referred to Interior Ministry and progress on the issue is expected till Thursday.

SC sends fake bank accounts issue to NAB

The court has also sent fake bank accounts issue to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and directed to complete the investigation in two months.

The suspects have chance to clear their stance by appearing before the investigation officers, he continued.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government had decided to place 172 people including former president Asif Ali Zardari on the ECL.

Briefing media about the decisions taken by the cabinet meeting, Fawad Chaudhry said that the cabinet took this important initiative as some personalities involved in the fake accounts and money laundering case including Asif Ali Zardari were found saying that they are not taking JIT report seriously.

He said that the JIT, investigating the alleged money laundering cases under the instructions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, had revealed that government resources were used to launder money abroad.

“We hope that Mr Zardari will consider this JIT seriously,” he said.