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FIA, NAB uncovered mega corruption nexus b/w Zardari & Nawaz: Info Minister
December 24, 2018

Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that the investigation agencies, including FIA and NAB, have successfully unearthed mega corruption and money laundering nexus between Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.

He was addressing a joint news conference along with Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Accountability Shehzad Akbar in Islamabad this evening.

The Minister said both of them are involved in plundering national wealth trough kickbacks in mega projects. He said the proceeds of white collar crimes were laundered abroad through fake bank accounts.

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Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said Nawaz Sharif was given enough opportunity to plead his case at different forums, but he failed to provide any money trail of his assets abroad.

Shehzad Akbar said the Joint Investigation Team, formed by the Supreme Court to probe money laundering of Omni Group, has prepared and submitted a comprehensive report to the apex court revealing astonishing facts about plundering country's wealth. He said Omni Group was given a loan of fifty-four billion rupees in violation of rules. He said over eleven thousand acres of Sindh Government's land was illegally handed over to Bahria Town on the behest of Asif Ali Zardari.

The Special Assistant said that the JIT has recommended filing of sixteen references against the Omni Group. He said the JIT probed eleven thousand and five hundred accounts, interviewed nine hundred and twenty-four individuals, and examined twenty four thousand and five hundred cash transactions. He said Omni Group operated thirty-two fake accounts.

The Special Assistant said JIT report also revealed direct involvement of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in the whole corruption scandal.