AC hears fake accounts case against Zardari, others today


ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad will resume today hearing of the fake bank accounts case against former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and others.

The PPP co-chairman and his sister have been summoned by the accountability judge for the hearing. Special security arrangements have been made within and around the Judicial Complex housing the NAB court to avoid any untoward incident.

In the previous hearing, two of the accused had submitted an application seeking to become approver in the case against the former president and other accused.

Kiran Aman and Noreen Sultan, employees of a private bank, told the court that they were willing to testify as witnesses and had also submitted a request in this regard with the NAB chairman. They said instead of listing them as witness the bureau had implicated them as accused.

Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik sought reply from NAB Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi on their application.

Zardari, his sister and other accused are facing charges of laundering more than Rs35 billion through fake bank accounts. Zardari’s close aides Hussain Lawai and Anwar Majeed have also been nominated in the scam. They both are in judicial custody.

Last month, a banking court in Karachi transferred the money laundering case against the former president, his sister and others to Rawalpindi on a request by NAB.

The court also cancelled the interim bail of the 19 suspects, including the PPP leaders in the case.  The court directed the authorities to return surety amount to the suspects.

Earlier, on March 28, an Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench, comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, had approved pre-arrest bail for the PPP co-chairman and his sister against a surety of Rs1 million each.

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