Parvez family used peon’s accounts for money laundering: FIA

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LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday alleged before the Lahore High Court (LHC) that a son and two daughters-in-law of former chief minister Parvez Elahi committed money laundering through a low cadre employee of the Punjab Assembly.

A report submitted by the FIA revealed that Rasikh Elahi, the son of the former chief minister, his wife Zara Elahi and sister-in-law Tehreem Elahi (the wife of Moonis Elahi) used the bank accounts of Qaiser Iqbal Bhatti, a peon of the assembly, to launder money.

It said unexplained transactions of millions of rupees had been traced in the accounts of the peon and the children of Parvez Elahi. It alleged that the assets of the peon had been found beyond his known sources of income.

The report said the petitioners had been served with self-explanatory call-up notices to appear before the investigation team but they failed. It alleged that the peon of the assembly, Bhatti, had been involved in inexplicable transactions of Rs175m.

Rejecting the allegations of harassment and political consideration, the agency said the concept of fair trial was not only for the citizens but the prosecution as well. It said the inquiry in question had no nexus with any previous probe as it had been initiated against a government servant, the assembly’s peon.