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Sindh High Court throws out Zardari’s plea

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday, 19th March, dismissed Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) co-chairman and graft accused Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur’s petitions which sought a stay order in money laundering transfer case. The Sindh High Court said that the apex court has already ordered to shift the case to Rawalpindi.

Farooq H. Naik, the petitioners’ counsel, argued in court that the case does not come under the NAB act 2000 and the Supreme Court had only directed to forward 16 NAB references to Islamabad. He requested the court to condemn the banking court’s decision to transfer the money laundering case to Rawalpindi NAB.

The Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmad Ali M. Sheikh enquired about the nature of the petition from Farooq H. Naik. ‘Have you requested to review the SC verdict?’ he asked.

NAB Rawalpindi had sent out summons to the two PPP leaders, Zardari, and Bilawal for 20th March. The notice ordered them, father and son, to appear in NAB Rawalpindi’s Islamabad office on 20th March.

The court summoned reply from NAB DG and persecutor in one week. Farooq H. Naik said in an informal talk that the next hearing will be conducted on March 26 and hoped that the final verdict will be announced soon.

Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday, March 16, 2019, had challenged the banking court’s decision of 15th March to transfer the National Accountability Bureau’s fake accounts case against him to an accountability court in Rawalpindi. The petition was filed in the Sindh High Court.

NAB Rawalpindi had sent out summons to the two PPP leaders, Zardari, and Bilawal for 20th March. The notice ordered them, father and son, to appear in NAB Rawalpindi’s Islamabad office on 20th March. The PPP spearheads are to present themselves before the JIT team investigating the case. Bilawal has reportedly decided to appear before NAB tomorrow; his lawyers and party leaders will accompany him. At the same time, the workers of PPP have been asked to reach Islamabad to show support to party leader. Sources claim Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah will be summoned next.

Read more: Zardari challenges transfer of cases to Pindi NAB

A banking court in Karachi transferred the money laundering/fake accounts case against former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other accomplices to Rawalpindi NAB, granting an earlier request by the Accountability watchdog, GVS earlier reported.


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