Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Zardari fails to prove NAB’s ulterior motive in his arrest

Zardari fails to prove NAB’s ulterior motive in his arrest
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Issuing detailed verdict of former president Asif Ali Zardari’s bail plea dismissal, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) stated no ulterior motive can be attributed to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for the arrest. Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani announced the IHC decision stating that interim bail can be granted if the arrest made is based on ill-intention. In its detailed judgement, the court said that the corruption watchdog body’s arrest of Zardari was based on the need for further investigation of the accused and as such, there is no ulterior motive involved in his arrest. The verdict also states that arguments on behalf of the petitioners that chairman NAB does not have authority or jurisdiction in the matter are without substance.

NAB arrests Asif Ali Zardari

Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari from his Islamabad residence after the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) rejected his pre-arrest bail plea in the money laundering case.

A 15-member team of the corruption watchdog body – accompanied by police personnel – arrested PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari from his residence in Islamabad.

A number of party workers and Zardari’s children Bilawal and Aseefa saw him off as the former president was driven away in a black Landcruiser. The emotional scene has also been seen when Zardari hugs and kisses with her daughter Aseefa Zaradri. On May 31, the NAB has approved arrests warrants for former president and People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in mega money laundering case.

According to the sources, the NAB hopes to get the warrants of arrest implemented by June 10 as the case is fixed before Islamabad High Court where the former president is pleading for his permanent bail.

The corruption watchdog body is reiterating its commitment to implement already issued warrants of arrest against Zardari. The NAB insists on getting him arrested on the basis of already issued warrants of arrest, approved by Chairman NAB Justice (r) Javed Iqbal. The warrants are part of the record in the accountability court and the IHC. Responding to the arrest warrants, PPP Secretary General Nayyar Hussain Bukhari said that Zardari has taken interim bail from the IHC, however, this action of anti-graft watchdog body is contempt of court.