Twitter reacts as General Zia ul Haq’s spy chief General Akhtar named in Credit Suisse leak

 General Zia ul Haq's spy chief General Akhtar named in Credit Suisse leak

A Bank of Switzerland has encountered a leak, which has linked 1,400 individuals living in Pakistan with 600 opened accounts in Credit Suisse.

On average, the maximum balance held in accounts of Pakistanis was estimated to be 4.42 million Swiss francs, which equals Rs. 841 million. The leaked data bumped this figure up to 7.5 million Swiss francs or Rs. 1.42 billion. Around 200 clients in the data are worth more than Rs. 19 billion, and over a dozen had accounts with value in billions.

Credit Suisse Leak

Senior intelligence officials, and their children, from different countries, which had joined hands with the US in the war on terror, had money at Credit Suisse.

Director-General (DG) of the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) and General Zia-ul-Haq‘s acquaintance, General Akhtar Abdur Rahman Khan was also named on the list. According to reports, he has helped funnel billions of dollars in cash and other aid from the US and other countries to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan, to assist in their fight against the Soviet Union.

According to OCCRP (Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project), funding from the US and Saudi Arabia for the fighters in Afghanistan went to the CIA’s Swiss bank account.

“The end recipient in this process was Pakistan’s ISI group, led by Akhtar”, OCCRP reported.

The report further said that one of the two accounts owned by Akhtar’s family at Credit Suisse, held jointly by Akhtar’s three sons, was opened back in 1985. It was the same year that the President of the US raised his concern about where the money, which was intended for the mujahideen, was going.

By 2003, the account owned by Akhtar’s three sons was worth $3.7 million (at the time). Another account that was opened in January 1986 in Akbar’s name was worth $9.2 million (at the time).

Two of General Akhtar’s sons, Akbar and Haroon Khan, did not reply to the requests for giving feedback on the reporting project. Ghazi Khan, the third son, said the information was ‘incorrect’ in a text message.

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