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CJP denies giving orders to put Zardari, Talpur in ECL

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's today denied giving orders to include the names of former and his sister Faryal Talpur, allegedly involved in the Rs 35 billion money laundering scam, to be placed on the (ECL).

The had yesterday said that and Talpur have been placed in the ECL on the apex court's order. Persons put on the ECL are prohibited from leaving

yesterday reported that the orders were issued, ahead of the July 25 general elections, to the by the apex court in connection with a case concerning an investigation into fake accounts and fictitious transactions worth billions conducted through several mainstream banks.

Zardari, 62, is the former of People's Party. He served as the 11th of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013.

Seven individuals, including and Talpur, were allegedly involved in using certain for suspicious transactions totalling Rs 35 billion, according to the media report.

The CJP, during the hearing today, also asked the (FIA) to refrain from questioning both PPP leaders until after the July 25 polls.

"Tomorrow no one should be able to make excuses that the elections have been rigged," the CJP was quoted as saying by newspaper.

Justice Nisar also said that if they are not suspects, then why did the media report that their names have been placed on the ECL?

"We have still not placed their names on the ECL," the CJP said, adding: "This impression must be eliminated."

The CJP further said that the names of whosoever had been placed on the ECL would remain in the country until August 6. If someone turns out to be innocent, their names will then be removed, he added.

"We took this notice on the basis of media reports," the CJP said. "The corruption scandal should be investigated to reassure poor citizens."

Meanwhile, Zardari's Farooq H Naek, told the court that his client is being accused of holding Rs15 million in his accounts. He told the court that the PPP had no ties to the

"He is not even the group's director," Naek added.

The CJP asserted there must be a fair probe into the matter, to which Naek responded that the probe is being conducted by FIA's Najaf Mirza, whom Zardari had earlier filed a case against.

The said that a new joint investigation team (JIT) could be set up to probe the case, which concerns a 2015 FIA investigation into fake accounts and fictitious transactions worth up to Rs35 billion conducted through 29 'benami' accounts in Summit Bank, and

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 20:47 IST