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Interim bail case: NAB submits reply against Zardari in IHC

Interim bail case: NAB submits reply against Zardari in IHC
April 12, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday submitted its reply to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against interim bail of former president Asif Ali Zardari in fake bank accounts’ case. In its reply to the IHC, the anti-graft watchdog body opposed the provision of bail to Asif Ali Zardari, adopting a stance that he [Zardari] does not deserve any relief. The reply also stated that Asif Ali Zardari was a controversial person. The bureau initiated a probe against the bigwig over directives of the Supreme Court (SC) on basis of a report compiled by joint investigation team (JIT). The NAB further mentioned in its reply that corruption watchdog body was taking action against Zardari within legal boundaries and investigation was underway against the PPP co-chairman in accordance with NAB ordinance. However, the NAB, in its reply, pleaded the IHC to reject the bail plea of Zardari. It is worth mentioning here that the NAB submitted separate response against each plea of the former president.
Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur’s interim bails extended till April 29
On April 10, the Islamabad High Court extended the interim bails of former president Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur till April 29. Justice Amir Farooq asked the NAB prosecutor that how many inquiries being run against Asif Zardari.
Zardari, Talpur granted pre-arrest bail
Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted pre-arrest bail to former president Asif Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case. The court ordered Asif Zardari has been granted pre-arrest bail till April 12 while Faryal Talpur was given the bail till April 10. The court also ordered them to furnish the surety bonds worth Rs one million each. The court had also issued notice to the National Accountability Bureau. Earlier fearing their arrest in the fake accounts case, former president Asif Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur had moved the Islamabad High Court. On the other hand, former president Asif Zardari sought time till April 10 in the case of importing luxury vehicles without tax.
IHC seeks reply from Asif Zardari within two weeks
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) adjourned the Asif Zardari disqualification case for two weeks. The court also sought reply from Asif Zardari within two weeks. During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah questioned why such matters are not settled in the parliament. “What was the need to put the burden on the court?” he remarked. Talking to the media, PTI leader Usman Dar said that the logical end of the corruption king Asif Zardari is near. Khurram Sher Zaman asked Asif Zardari to be ready as the seat and designation of Asif Zardari about to vacate. On January 22, PTI leaders Usman Dar and Khurram Sher Zaman, through their counsel Sikander Bashir Mohmand, had moved the court seeking permanent disqualification of PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari from parliament under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution for not declaring a flat in the US and two bulletproof vehicles in his statement of assets. The petition sought a declaration that Zardari was allegedly neither righteous nor sagacious in terms of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution and also Section 231 of the Election Act, 2017 and therefore not qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of the National Assembly. The petition also sought a declaration that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should hold that Zardari was not qualified to be elected or chosen or to officiate as or exercise powers of the ‘party head’ within the meaning of Article 63A of the Constitution including the offices of PPP-Parliamentarian president and PPP co-chairperson. The ECP, the National Assembly secretary and Zardari are respondents in the petition.