Turning point reached in money laundering probe

Dec 21, 2013| Courtesy by : thenews.com.pk

Agha Khalid

KARACHI: Probe into money laundering has entered a crucial phase in London. The Karachi Police have also assisted the Scotland Yard in this regard on a special request.

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The arrest and subsequent release of Liaquatabad’s former Town Nazim Osama Qadri is also stated to be linked to this development.Well-placed sources said Osama Qadri was arrested on December 4, 2013 at the inauguration of a shopping centre in Clifton; however, he was released the very next day after grilling. 

When contacted, MQM Spokesperson Wasay Jalil confirmed the arrest and release of Osama Qadri but said the police had not informed the MQM as to why Qadri was taken into custody and released afterwards. He said the party had no clue about which department had arrested Qadri.

According to the sources, the London Police were updated in the light of information given by Qadri. Two important personalities were also taken into custody in London on December 6. However, they were freed on bail after thorough investigation.

Osama Qadri’s disclosures made before investigation agencies are surprising. The investigating officers were surprised when they heard the statistics of amount sent abroad during the last 14 years. However, when other relevant details surfaced, Osama Qadri’s statements seemed worth-believing.

The reporter tried to reach Osama Qadri many times during last the couple of days but his cellphone was switched off.Moreover, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar could not be contacted. His PRO Mujeeb Qadir opined that in the past such reports were given by the ministry’s spokesperson who had been transferred previously.

Interior Ministry’s Director Public Relations Daniyal Gilani also apologised for not giving any relevant information.

On the other hand, according to sources, Osama Qadri was arrested and probed on the request of Scotland Yard, but he was released due to political influence and interference of the Interior Ministry. However, the information disclosed by Qadri was transferred to the Scotland Yard.