Asif Ali Zardari challenges decision by NAB to seize his luxury cars

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

17th Sep, 2020. 03:25 pm
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The former President of Pakistan and co-chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party PPP Asif Ali Zardari has challenged the decision National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seize his luxury cars (two BMWs and one Toyota Lexus) the Toshakhana reference.

According to the details, Zardari has filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court. The court sought a reply from NAB on September 24 on Asif Zardari’s request.

He has filed a petition in an Islamabad accountability court.

The former President, who was indicted in the reference on September 9, requested the court to set aside NAB’s July 22 freezing order as well as the order’s confirmation issued on August 17.

Asif Zardari said that the decision to freeze the vehicles was illegal and NAB should be stopped from confiscating the vehicles till the decision is announced.

Toshakhana Reference

The Toshakhana is an official treasury where gifts from foreign dignitaries or heads of state are deposited.

Earlier on August 17, an accountability court had set September 9 as date to indict Zardari and former prime minister and PPP leader Yousuf Raza Gilani in the Toshakhana reference.

NAB has accused Asif Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif of obtaining cars from the Toshakhana by paying only 15% of the price of the luxury vehicles.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif got cars from Yousaf Raza Gillani in an illegal way.

Zardari had only paid 15 percent cost of the cars by using his fake accounts, however, Libya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also gifted him cars when serving as president, he told.

It also alleged that Gillani had facilitated the allotment of the vehicles to Zardari and Nawaz by illegally relaxing the rules.

NAB official alleged that Asif Ali Zardari used these cars for his personal work instead of submitting them to Toshakhana.

According to the reference, Zardari had received armored vehicles as a gift from the UAE and Libya between 2005 and 2008 but didn’t report the gifts or deposit them.

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