The former President Asif Ali Zardari was granted permanent bail in fake accounts case by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on medical grounds. The IHC bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq, and Justice Mohsin Akhter Kayani granted the bail and has refrained NAB (National Accountability Bureau) from arresting him. General Sardar Muzaffar Deputy Prosecutor NAB earlier told IHC that the case is still under investigation and they haven’t filed a reference against Asif Ali Zardari yet.
Farooq H Naek, counsel to Zardari, told IHC that his client was kept in two months’ remand by NAB but the investigation officers of NAB had not interrogated him. He said his client is still ready to be questioned by NAB investigators. The bail was granted after the court was assured that the NAB prosecutor had no objections to the medical report presented by Zardari and that Zardari will not be able to leave Pakistan as his name was on the ECL (Exit Control List). Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other accused were indicted in the fake accounts case by an accountability court in Islamabad in September. They were accused of transferring around PKR 35 billion through 29 fake accounts after a money-laundering scandal was unearthed in 2018.
Former President Asif Ali Zardari ko fake accounts case main mustaqil zamanat mil gai
Islamabad High Court (IHC) ne former President Asif Ali Zardari ko fake accounts case main medical grounds ki bases pe permanent bail de di hai. IHC ka bench jo k Justice Aamir Farooq, aur Justice Mohsin Akhter Kayani pe mushtamil tha ne bail grant ki aur NAB (National Accountability Bureau) ko un ko arrest karnay se bhi mana kia hai. General Sardar Muzaffar Deputy Prosecutor NAB ne pehlay IHC ko ye btaya tha k case abhi bhi under investigation hai aur unhon ne abhi tak Asif Ali Zardari ye khilaaf reference daair nahi kia.
Farooq H Naek jo k Zardari k counsel hain ne IHC ko btaya k un k client ko NAB ne 2 months k lye remand main rakha lakin us waqt NAB k investigation officers ne interrogation nahi ki. Unhon ne kaha k un k clinet abhi bhi bhi NAB k questions ka jawab denay k lye tayyar hain. Bail us waqt grant ki gai jab court ko ye yeqeen dilaya gya k NAB k prosecutor ko Zardari ki paish karda medical report pe koi aitraaz nahi hai aur ye k Zardari mulk chhor k bhi nahi ja saktay kun k un ka naam ECL (Exit Control List) main shamil hai. Asif Ali Zardari, un ki behan Frayal Talpur aur dosray mulzimaan ko Islamabad ki aik accountability court ne September main fake accounts main namzad kia tha. 2018 main aik money-laundering scandal samnay anay k baad un pe ye lizaam lagaya gya tha k unhon ne taqreban 35 billion rupay 29 fake accounts k zariye transfer kye hain.