Wed, 06 Jul 2022

Sons of Gen. Akhtar opened account in 1985: Sddeutsche Zeitung

Khalid Umar Malik
22 Feb 2022, 16:55 GMT+10

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - General Akhtar Abdul Rahman, one of Gen. Ziaul Haq's closest aides and the man widely credited with founding the mujahideen network to resist Russia's invasion of Afghanistan, is among thousands of figures from around the world exposed in a significant leak of secret banking data from a leading Swiss bank.

This vast database, dubbed the 'Suisse secrets,' was handed to Sddeutsche Zeitung, a German newspaper, by a whistleblower and claims to have disclosed the secret fortune of clients infamous for drug trafficking, money laundering, and corruption.

According to the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a global network of journalists who went through the data, accounts identified as potentially problematic held more than $8 billion in assets.

The New York Times reported, "as the chief of Pakistan's intelligence agency, General Akhtar Abdul Rahman Khan helped flow billions of dollars in cash and other aid from the United States and other countries to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan; to assist in their struggle against the Soviet Union."

According to the publication, an account was opened in 1985 in the names of three of General Akhtar's sons, although the general was never charged with stealing aid money. Years later, the publication reported, "the account would grow to hold $3.7 million, according to leaked records."

According to the report, "by the mid-1980s, Akhtar was skilled at transferring CIA cash into the hands of Afghan jihadists. "Credit Suisse accounts were opened in the names of his three sons around this time."

According to the OCCRP report, one of the two Akhtar family accounts at Credit Suisse was opened on July 1, 1985, by three of Akhtar's sons.

However, one of Gen Khan's sons told a project representative that this information was "incorrect" and "conjectural."

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