Raza Rabbani, Ayaz Sadiq, Syed Khurshid Shah, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Aitzaz Ahsan are among the lawmakers in whose names fake bank accounts have been opened.
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah claimed on Wednesday that fake bank accounts had been opened in their names and that transactions worth tens of millions of rupees had been made from those accounts.
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, Kashmir Committee Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman and others also claimed that fake accounts were being operated in their names.
According to a statement issued by the NA Secretariat, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has ordered the State Bank governor and the Federal Investigation Agency director general to investigate the matter after he received a fake bank receipt of a fixed deposit account that he did not operate.
The speaker informed the State Bank governor that these transactions were fake. The statement also claimed that the speaker did not possess any bank account in the city or the bank mentioned on the transactions receipt.
“The State Bank has been informed about the issue and the speaker has clarified [that he has] nothing to do with those accounts,” the statement said.
Chairman Raza Rabbani informed the Senate during proceedings on Wednesday that he had received a receipt from the SME Bank in the mail at his Karachi residence, according to which an amount of Rs100 million had been deposited into this account.
He said he had written to the president of the bank, pointing out that he had never operated an account there and hence the question of a transaction did not arise.
He said he had stressed that a fraud was being committed in his name and had sought an inquiry into the matter. He said he had also written to the FIA DG and decided to inform the house of this development.
Another statement, issued by the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, claimed that Mr Shah had received a term deposit report (TDR) at his National Assembly address, indicating that the SME Bank in Karachi had transacted Rs100 million from his account.
“The opposition leader does not have an account in that bank, then how was that report made? When contacted, the bank declared the TDR ‘fake’ and said that they had…received similar complaints from other personalities as well,” the statement said.
Mr Shah claimed that the State Bank governor and the FIA DG had been informed so that no one could damage the repute of the political leader.
It still remains a mystery as to who was behind these fake transactions or what was the motive behind depositing huge sums in bank accounts opened in the names of prominent lawmakers.
Abid Qamar, a spokesperson for the State Bank of Pakistan, told Dawn that they had received information from parliament regarding the fake bank accounts, adding that the central bank would investigate the matter to ascertain how the accounts were opened.