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FIA detects Rs 173 mln in bank account of jobless boy from Jhang

KARACHI: In connection with an ongoing probe into money laundering case against Asif Ali Zardari and his aides, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday unearthed another fake bank account of an unemployed youth having millions of rupees. 

According to details, the FIA discovered that an account in a private bank in Karachi contained Rs 173 million, is owned by a jobless man, Asad Ali, from Jhang.

The investigation agency has brought Ali to Karachi for questioning.

Ali’s brother has refused that his brother has any association with the bank account in Karachi.

This is the second such incident in the case, as last week, the FIA ceased the fake bank account of a cart vendor selling Falooda in streets of Karachi after finding out that he has more than Rs two billion in a bank account in his name.

Abdul Qadir, who lives in a small house in an impoverished neighbourhood in Karachi’s Orangi Town, never knew he had a bank account in his name, doesn’t know how to open a bank account and had no knowledge of the huge amount of money deposited in an account in his name.

An FIA Joint Investigation Team has been investigating a 2015 case regarding fake accounts and fictitious transactions conducted through 29 ‘benami’ accounts in a number of private banks.

Seven individuals, including PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, were said to be involved in using those accounts for suspicious transactions. The accounts were allegedly used to channel funds received through kickbacks.

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