ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (ViaNews) – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Pakistan’s security agency, froze the account of an ice-cream vendor in Karachi who reportedly received a Rs2.25 billion (Indian Rupee) transfer into his bank account.

The FIA began an investigation to determine the details of the bank transfer and has also been questioning five officials of a private bank.

FIA officials said there would be two separate investigations. One will be headed by a judicial committee, while the other will be conducted by the FIA. Legal experts were consulted in order to understand against whom the case should be registered under the money laundering charges, FIA officials said.

Who’s the ice-cream vendor

The ice-cream vendor is Abdul Qadir, a resident of Orangi Town. He said he had no knowledge of any transfer and was totally unaware of how such a huge amount of funds were transferred into his account. Meanwhile, a police contingent has already been deployed outside of the home of the ice-cream vendor.

Abdul Qadir, ice-cream vendor from Karachi, Pakistan. Photo by: Courtesy Pakistan the News.
Abdul Qadir, ice-cream vendor from Karachi, Pakistan. Photo by: Courtesy Pakistan the News.

Both the media and the officials at the helm of affairs are baffled by the whole situation. The ice-cream vendor said that he came to know about the huge transfer through a letter issued by the FIA, adding that a few years ago he had opened a bank account to buy a house in the Sarjani Town of the (Karachi) metropolis.

Politicians involved?

Sindh Minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader, Saeed Ghani, has said that the PPP was being involved in the scam of Rs 2.25 billion deposited into the bank account of an ice-cream vendor.

“Instead of probing us (our party), the ice-cream vendor should be investigated,” the Sindh minister remarked.

The transfer was deposited sometime during the years of 2014-2015, allegedly by a man identified as Bombat.

According to officials investigating the case, It’s strange and unbelievable how a simple, ordinary vendor, who earns just Rs 500 a day could own such an astonishingly large amount of money,