Asif Zardari granted exemption from personal appearance in Park Lane case

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

18th Nov, 2020. 11:36 am
Asif Ali Zardari

Former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari granted exemption from personal appearance by Islamabad accountability court in Park Lane reference hearing.

According to the details, Accountability Court Judge Azam Khan conducted the hearing of the reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Farooq H Naek, lawyer of the former president appeared in court and demanded that the case be put off for the counsel couldn’t come to Islamabad as he is busy pursuing cases in Karachi.

Separate applications on the behalf of Zardari and co-accused Abdul Ghani Majeed were filed in court seeking exemption from personal appearance in today’s hearing.

The Accountability Court judge remarked that the process of recording statements of prosecution witnesses ought not to come to an abrupt stop. The court adjourned the case until Thursday (tomorrow) and directed the lawyers representing the accused to ensure their presence.

Let it be known that former president Asif Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other accused face charges of corruption through fake bank accounts and embezzlement in the financial facility for Park Lane Private Limited and Parthenon (Pvt) Limited.

On October 15, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)  issued arrest warrants for the former president and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari.

The anti-graft body has issued arrest warrants against Asif Ali Zardari in the fake accounts case. According to NAB, the arrest warrants have been issued over suspicious transactions worth Rs 8 billion.

The former president, who is nominated in multiple corruption cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), is out on bail granted by the Islamabad High Court on medical grounds last year. Recently, he was indicted in a money laundering, Park Lane properties, and Thatta water supply references instituted by the National Accountability Bureau.

On October 11, the PPP co-chairperson was shifted to a private hospital in Karachi on Sunday evening after he felt “unwell”, said the party.

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