KARACHI - The Federal Investigation Agency Tuesday summoned former president and PPP co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari, and his sister Faryal Talpur on Wednesday (today) for their alleged involvement in money laundering of billions of rupees.

The FIA issued notices to Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur to record their statements in the case of illegal transactions of billions of rupees.

The FIA is investigating illegal transactions of billions of rupees from the accounts of Zardari and Faryal Talpur.

FIA Inspector Muhammad Ali asked both Zardari and Faryal Talpur to appear before FIA’s State Bank Circle in Karachi, a copy of the notification obtained by The Nation revealed. FIA Assistant Director Muhammad Ali Abro issued the notices to Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.

The notices stated they had been summoned in connection with an inquiry into FIR 4/2008 under sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 409 of PPC, PCA, 1947, R/W 3&4 and AML Act, 2010. They further said it had come on record that cheque No 5384360 dated 20/05/2014 amounting to Rs 15 million of account number 1-2-2A-20620-714-139111 titled A-One International issued by a local bank, Khayaban-e-Tanzeem branch, Karachi, was credited to account No 1-2-15-20620-714-103078 titled Zardari Group Pvt Limited at a local bank.

“You, being the director of MS Zardari Group Private Limited, are advised to appear before the undersigned to record your statement on 11/07/2018 at 10am along with your original CNIC and justify the above-mentioned transaction along with complete details.

The notice further stated: “In case of deliberate failure to comply with the orders, legal action would be initiated against you.”

It’s worth mentioning that those present at Bilawal House, Karachi, refused to receive the FIA notice issued to former president Asif Ali Zardari. As a result, the FIA team pasted the letter on the wall of Bilawal House. A similar letter meant for Faryal Talpur was received by her manager at her residence.

Meanwhile, sources within PPP said both the party leaders would not be appearing before the federal agency as Faryal Talpur is in Larkana and Asif Zardari in Lahore in connection with a party meeting and election campaign.

On July 6, the agency arrested Stock Exchange of Pakistan Chairman Hussain Lawai who is considered to be a close aide of Zardari.

The FIA officials held 32 people, including Lawai, were being investigated alleged illegal transaction of billions of rupees through fictitious bank accounts.