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Names of Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur have NOT been placed on ECL: Sources

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KARACHI: Newspakistan.tv has been informed by reliable sources that contrary to the reports in various sections of Media, the names of Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur have not been placed on ECL.

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

i) Former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has been instructed by the Deputy Directed FIA to appear before him to record his statement on Wednesday 11th of July at the office of the Deputy Director, FIA, State Bank Circle, 3rd Floor, Habib Square, Bolton Market, M.A. Jinnah Road, Karachi. The Order reads:

ORDER FOR ATTENDANCE UNDER SECTION 160 CR.P.C.

Whereas I, Assistant Director Muhammad Ali Abro, an officer of Federal Investigation Agency, State Bank Circle, Karachi empowered u/s 5 of FIA Act 1974, am engaged in investigation of FIR No. 04/2018 registered u/s 419/420/468/471/109 PPC r/w 5(2) 1947 r/w 3 & 4 AML Act 2010.

It has come on record that cheque No. 5384360 dated 20.05.2014 amounting to Rs. 15,000,000/- of A/c No. 1-2-2820620-714-139111 titled A-One International maintained at Summit Bank Kh-e-Tanzeem Branch Karachi is credited in account No. 1-2-15-20620-714-103078 titled Zardari Group (Pvt.) Ltd maintained at Summit Bank. Whereas you being the shareholder of M/s Zardari Group (Pvt.) Ltd are acquainted with the facts of the said case, therefore, you are advised to appear before the undersigned to record your statement on 11.07.2018 at 100 hours along with your original CNIC and to justify above-mentioned transaction along with complete details.

In case of deliberate failure to comply with above orders, the necessary legal action shall be initiated.

Muhammad Ali Abro, Assistant Director

Copy forwarded to the Deputy Director, FIA, State Bank Circle, Karachi for information.

(Published on 10th of July 2018)

ii) A close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari has been remanded for 5-days today by a local court in FIA custody in a money-laundering investigation. According to details, Judicial Magistrate South has approved his physical remand. Taha Raza, another suspect in the case has also been detained. Both accused, arrested on Friday, were produced before the Magistrate this morning. A total of 32 people are being interrogated apropos laundering of Rs. 35b by means of a number of benami accounts. 

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that the investigation was launched after the SBP’s Financial Monitoring Unit generated a Suspicious Transaction Report in January about a number of bank accounts. 

Hussain Lawai while talking to Newspakistan.tv denied any involvement in the said money-laundering case. Asserting that time would tell why he was being targeted, Hussain Lawai said that he was not sure whether he was being targeted for being a close aide of the former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.

A relevant piece published earlier:  Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that former head of Summit Bank Hussain Lawai – reportedly a close associate of PPPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari – has been nabbed by FIA. Hussain Lawai was going to Dubai recently when he was stopped from traveling.  Hussain Lawai, while talking to Media claimed that he was not aware as to why he was stopped from leaving the country.   However, sources said though his name was not placed on ECL, a number of inquiries were underway since 2015 in connection with suspicious bank transactions/money laundering worth Rs. 35b.  FIA sources revealed that over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at the Summit Bank were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees’ were made.  

According to FIA, transactions of huge amounts of black money – gotten via kickbacks, commissions and bribes – were made via these accounts yet the bank never reported any such activities to FIA or others.   In 2015, FIA initiated an inquiry into the case and notices were issued to responsible persons including Hussain Lawai. Savants at the helm of affairs insinuate that after conviction of Nawaz Sharif and his clan, the noose is tightening around the Zardari’s neck.  According to the pieces of information provided by the sources privy to NPTV, Hussain Lawai, Chairman Central Depository Company, AVP Sindh Bank Mukhtiar and two other bankers were detained by FIA today for interrogation in a money laundering case. 

Detained Hussain Lawai and the other bankers are accused of facilitating opening of 29 fake’ accounts in the Summit Bank, Sindh Bank, and United Bank Limited, where ‘beneficiaries of the Sindh government’ had deposited Rs35b. Sources have informed that the huge amount of Rs. 35b was transferred to different accounts including to Arab national Nasser Abdulla Lootah, who interesting happens to be the chairman of the BoDs of Summit Bank. (Published on 7th of July 2018) 

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News agencies in Europe to fight fake news

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ALBANIA: News agencies in Europe have joined forces to fight the growing threat posed by fake news.

In a resolution adopted last week in Tirana, these commit to developing effective tools and rules to enable journalists and Internet users to fight misinformation as well as to promote reliable media and educate users to surf in the digital environment.

The news agencies that attended the international conference ‘News Agencies vs. Fake News,’ organized by the ATA news agency on 3- 4 December in Tirana, also agreed to cooperate directly to check the news and discover in due time fake news and improve the transparency of online news, which entails a consistent development of professional journalism.

The purpose of these measures is to mitigate the impact of fake news on communities at the local, national and international level, to highlight the entities that are at the origin of the dissemination of fake news and to strengthen the activity and profile of news agencies as real news providers.

The aim is also to raise public awareness of the danger posed by fake news to our societies and to media professionals regarding the impact of the phenomenon on the entire media environment, to enhance the skills of journalists in identifying and avoiding fake news and to promote real, impartial and accurate news.

The resolution, adopted on the last day of the Tirana conference and published on 10 December, was initiated by 13 news agencies: ATA (Albania), PAP (Poland), CNA (Cyprus), ANA-MPA (Greece) , BTA (Bulgaria), KosovaPress (Kosovo), TASR (Slovakia), ANADOLU (Turkey), AzerTac (Azerbaijan), AGERPRES (Romania), TANJUG (Serbia), HINA (Croatia) and UKRINFORM (Ukraine).

The signatories call on all news agencies, whether state-funded or private, as well as international news agencies, to join this Resolution.

The heads of the news agencies present at the Tirana conference insisted on the need to address the global phenomenon of fake news, underlining that new technologies allow the rapid spread of fake and confusing pieces of news that violate one of the fundamental human liberties, namely the right to information.

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Cancellation of 30-year lease due to non-utilisation

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KARACHI: Secretary Land Utilisation, Government of Sindh, has instructed the concerned authorities to cancel a 30-year lease that is being misused. 

According to the notification “it has come to the notice of this office that the different allottees that had been granted 30-years lease for agricultural/poultry-cattle-dairy farming purpose and not utilizing the same purpose, but unfortunately conditions of the lease agreements are not fulfilled and land is being wrongly utilized for various purposes. In some cases, allottees are involved in sale/purchase of 30 years lease that is totally illegal and causes lost of billions of rupees to government exchequer by occupying and raising construction over the said land.

“Keeping in view, the concerns above you are requested to cancel all leases of 30 years lease as well as short-term leases which have violated the required terms and conditions of the lease. The deputy commissioners are directed to ensure that the conditions set forth in leases referred above may be followed/implemented in letter and spirit. Failure shall remember to ascertain procedure in law. This matter may be given on TOP PRIORITY and report of which may be sent to this department”. 

 

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Probe against MDs SNGPL, SSGPL

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ISLAMABAD: A 4–member Fact Finding Committee has been constituted to probe the allegations leveled against MD Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited (SSGCL).
According to a notification issued here today, Uzma Adil Khan, chairperson Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has been nominated as chairperson of the committee and members included Qazi Saleem Siddiqui, DG, (PC), Shahid Yousaf DG (Gas) and Imran Ahmed DG (LG). The committee has been directed to submit a report within 72 hours.
The committee has been authorized to get the services of an expert witness to assist in its proceedings. The committee has been constituted in pursuance of presentation to the PM on load management, PLNG supply and demand and off-take of furnace oil. The allegations against MD, SNGPL, and SSGCL included negligence in reporting of facts to the ministry or incompetence to deal with operational issues. Withholding of information from the government and overall systemic governance failure of SNGPL and SSGCL.

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