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FIA forms JIT to investigate money laundering case against the MQM

March 13, 2019

The FIA has formed a joint investigation team in a money laundering case against the MQM.

The five-member team will be headed by the FIA director. It also comprises a representative of the State Bank of Pakistan.

The investigation team will examine the FIA’s investigation report. The agency has already recorded the statements of multiple MQM leaders and members.

The case is against MQM founder Altaf Hussain and other senior party leaders. Karachi Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra, who has now joined the PSP, and MQM leaders Babar Ghauri, Khawaja Sohail Mansoor and Khawaja Rehan Mansoor are all named in the case.

Related: FIA to conduct forensic audit of KKF vehicles in a money laundering case

On August 2, 2018, the FIA told a Karachi ATC that it had found 69 foreign bank accounts abroad and that the Pakistani government has sought records of these accounts from the relevant countries in connection with an ongoing investigation into terror financing and money laundering against the MQM leadership. The case was transferred to Islamabad in October.

The FIA also sent a request to the Sindh excise department in February to conduct a forensic audit of the vehicles used by the MQM’s Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation as part of its investigation. The excise department has been barred from transferring the ownership of the vehicles.

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