Has Zardari run out of money? Ex-president asks IHC to reduce bail amount

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday granted former president Asif Ali Zardari bail in the Harish and Company case.

An IHC bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani approved the bail of the PPP Co-Chairman until June 13 against a surety bond of Rs200,000.

After preliminary hearing, the bench directed the former president to furnish a surety of Rs500,000 to secure the bail.

However, Zardari’s lawyer, Farooq H Naek requested the judge to reduce the bail amount to Rs200,000.

Justice Kayani questioned has Asif Ali Zardari run out of cash? At this, the counsel replied his client had furnished surety bonds in many cases which is why he is to be left with no money.

It is noteworthy that the Harish and Company was awarded a contract for water supply by the Sindh government but failed to complete the projects and the public funds were allegedly used to meet the expense of Naudero House.

It is noteworthy that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) mulling over a supplementary reference to be filed in the Harish and Company case, nominating former president Asif Ali Zardari as a suspect in it.

Sources relayed the PPP co-chairman will be named an accused person in the reference over his “non-cooperation” with the bureau in its probe into the case.

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