ISLAMABAD: The Natio­nal Account­ability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday arrested another suspect in the fake bank accounts case.

Ijaz Haroon, chairman of the Overseas Cooperative Housing Society (OCHS) and a former managing director of PIA, is accused of allotting plots illegally and transferring payment to a fake account.

In a press release, the anti-graft watchdog said that Mr Haroon, being chairman and secretary of the OCHS, had misused his authority by creating 12 fake plots in the name of fictitious owners.

Ijaz Haroon is also accused of laundering unexplained money of Omni Group in the garb of selling these plots and receiving illegal gains of about Rs144 million from two fake bank accounts of M/s Lucky International and M/s A-One International.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, his aunt Faryal Talpur, former chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, provincial minister Anwar Siyal and real estate tycoon Malik Riaz are among as many as 172 accused in the fake accounts case.

Rawalpindi NAB has formed a combined investigation team to probe the case.

Published in Dawn, November 22nd, 2019