Moonis submits reply to FIA in money laundering case

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Moonis Elahi on Thursday submitted a reply to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in a Rs720 million money laundering case against him and seven others.

Moonis submitted his reply through his lawyers. The investigation agency had asked the PML-Q leader to provide answers to 35 questions by June 23. He was granted interim bail by a banking court in Lahore till July 4. The FIA would prepare a new strategy after reviewing the answers submitted by the former federal minister. Earlier on June 16, Moonis appeared before the FIA in connection with its ongoing probe into alleged money laundering of Rs720 million. Sources said Moonis was grilled by a four-member FIA team for five hours. During the interrogation, the PML-Q leader asked the FIA team to check records, when he was asked about the RYK Mills.

The PML-Q stalwart asked the FIA team to give him a questionnaire in writing. Umar Shehryar, the CEO of RYK Mills, is the brother of former federal minister Khusro Bakhtiar. Former federal minister Moonis termed the Rs720 million money laundering case against him political victimisation. Talking to reporters in Lahore, the PML-Q leader said he appeared before the investigation authority for interrogation instead of fake cases registered against him. “Rana Sanaullah said a Rs720 million money-laundering case was registered against me in the Sugar Inquiry,” Moonis said. Just a day before, Moonis secured bail from a banking court in the said case and said that the case was politically motivated as he had nothing to do with the allegations levelled against him and others.