LONDON: Investigative journalist and consultant James D Crickton has claimed that both former president Pervez Musharraf and army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani have bank accounts in Switzerland with several million US dollars stashed in them.”I tumbled upon this information accidentally as I was trying to find out how and why Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who hails from a rich business family, has allowed himself to be embroiled in the Panama Leaks controversy unearthed by intrepid international investigative journalists,” Crickton wrote in his blog on World Press Platform.
“The charge is that his family members had deposited money in shell companies located in Panama, and used that money to buy properties. It is also said that his daughter Maryam Nawaz owns properties in Peru and Singapore. Sharif critics have not proved thus far that these assets have been acquired with ill-gotten wealth.”
During the course of his investigations into the Panama case, Crickton claimed that former president Musharraf and former army chief Kayani were holding separate accounts in the Swiss bank, Julius Baer.
These sources have identified the account numbers of the two generals. While Musharraf’s is given as 3861337, Kayani’s is said to be 583106 according to the London-based investigative journalist and consultant.
According to Crickton, Musharraf’s account is maintained by the Star Trust Company. The account had several million dollars around the time Musharraf was briefly arrested in October 2013 for the operation he had ordered as the president in 2007.
Presently, the balance in the account is $2 million, it is said. Well, it raises the question: why did he join the ranks of Third World leaders with secret bank accounts in Switzerland? Crickton questioned.
Kayani’s Swiss bank account is maintained by his brother’s UAE-based firm, J&B Construction Company. “The balance in the account is several million US dollars,” Crickton claimed, quoting highly-placed sources.