Zardari, Bilawal to seek more time from NAB for reply: sources
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan People’s Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have decided to seek more time from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file reply in fake bank accounts case.
According to sources, the top PPP leaders would write a letter to NAB in this regard. The letter will be forwarded to the accountability watchdog by Farooq H Naek.
The sources also said that the party leaders would seek a period of 15 days to file reply to NAB questionnaire. “The top leaders couldn’t yet submit reply due to busy schedule in the wake of party activities,” sources added.
It further said that the PPP leaders believe they need some time to go through the questions and file its replies.
Last month, the NAB had handed over a questionnaire to the PPP leaders after they appeared before the bureau in graft cases.
Asif Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto record statements before NAB
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto and co-chairman Asif Zardari recorded their statements before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the mega money laundering case.
A five-member team interrogated Bilawal Bhutto, while Asif Zardari was investigated by 11-member team for one hour. Both were given a 20-question questionnaire each and asked to submit the reply till March 30.
Bilawal Bhutto expressed his dissociation from the fake accounts case. “It is beyond understanding why I have been included in the case. I have never done corruption. The NAB should keep the facts in mind. I hope the NAB will not summon me again,” he said.
About the Park Lane case, he said that he was very young when the company was formed. He requested to submit the written replies to some questions.
In his statement, Asif Zardari said that the Park Lane Company matter is 28-year-old and remember it a little. The audio and video statement was recorded. Both leaders were accompanied by several party leaders including Assefa Bhutto.
Rawalpindi NAB summons Asif Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto on Mar 20
Earlier, the NAB summoned PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari and chairman Bilawal Bhutto in the fake accounts case on March 20.
Mega money laundering case transferred to Rawalpindi
The banking court ordered to transfer mega money laundering case from Karachi to Rawalpindi on the National Accountability Bureau’s plea.
During the hearing, the banking court accepted the NAB plea of moving the case to Rawalpindi from Karachi. However, former president Asif Ali Zardri and his sister Faryal Talpur were absent during the hearing.
Following the arguments, the court had reserved its verdict earlier this week. The court today announced the verdict, allowing the case to be transferred from Karachi to Rawalpindi.
Subsequently, the banking court cancelled the interim bails granted to Zardari, Talpur and others as the case had been transferred to a different court.