NAB ARRESTS ZARDARI: Islamabad High Court Has Turned Down Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur’s Bail Plea In Fake Accounts Case
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has rejected a petition seeking extension in the bail period of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. IHC has allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest them in the fake accounts case.
The former President will be presented in front of an Accountability Court tomorrow, to obtain a formal remand for further investigation.
The NAB team has not arrested Faryal Talpur yet. It is still waiting for official warrants to come through.
Earlier, the court also reserved its verdict after the anti-corruption prosecutor completed his arguments.
Case Against Zardari and Talpur
The case against Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur relates to a transaction of Rs. 150 million to the PPP leaders’ private company through alleged fake bank accounts.
The PPP co-chairman, who appeared before the court amid strict security measures, was accompanied by his daughter Aseefa Bhutto.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Additional Prosecutor Jahanzeb Bharwana assisted the two-member bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani.
Party workers gathered close to the court premises as prisoner vans were also brought to the site.
Protests Planned In Support of the arrested
PPP workers in Punjab have already planned protests in case the former president is arrested. The party has planned blockade of all major roads of the provincial capital by arranging workers’ protests.
Senior party leader Faisal Mir said that if Prime Minister Imran Khan managed to get Zardari arrested through the corruption watchdog, “he would be laying the foundation for the removal of his own government”.
Update: The NAB team has escorted former President Asif Ali Zardari to an Accountability Court early Tuesday morning, to obtain a formal remand for further investigation.