The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) International Corruption Unit probed a Pakistani politically exposed person and his wife, aged in their 40s and 30s respectively, for alleged money laundering with roots in Pakistan.
According to a statement released by the NCA, which is funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), the couple is believed to hold a property portfolio in Surrey worth more than £8 million. The initial investigations revealed that the couple does not have a legitimate source of income for owning such a huge amount of property.
While the agency did not reveal the names, it was stated that the investigation is a joint effort of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the NCA.
The couple was investigated by the authorities on Monday and was later released under investigation.
The Pakistani authorities have tightened the grip on the money launderers ever since the new government has taken charge. The PTI-led coalition government has directed the relevant authorities to repatriate the illegal money stashed abroad by Pakistanis.
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid met with PM Imran Khan as well on Monday during his two-day visit to the country. It was decided that a joint effort would be made to prevent money laundering and recover assets.