PM aide rejects Ahsan’s remarks about changes to money laundering law

By: News Desk      Published: 11:55 PM, 23 Aug, 2020
PM aide rejects Ahsan’s remarks about changes to money laundering law
Special Assistant to PM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar.–File photo

Special Assistant to PM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar said on Sunday that PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal was once again trying to mislead the nation on amendments to the money laundering act. 

Barrister Shahzad Akbar said in a tweet the anti-money laundering bill did not propose detention of the suspects even for a single day, but Ahsan Iqbal was saying this bill would allow the government to detain businessmen and other suspects for 180 days. He said he would challenge the opposition to an article-wise debate on the bill in the National Assembly. He said this is how the entire nation would know the truth. He said the main agenda of the opposition was to get rid of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and get away with the money they have laundered.

Shahzad said the government was just going to elaborate various definitions in the money laundering act in line with requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). 

Earlier, the PML-N had posted to Twitter the video of a press conference by party’s senior leader Ahsan Iqbal wherein he had said the government was going to make changes to the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010 and these changes would allow the authorities to detain businessmen and other people suspected of money laundering for 180 days.