PTI to move SC against Asif Zardari, withdraws disqualification reference from ECP

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday withdrew a reference it had filed in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking disqualification of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) President Asif Ali Zardari.

MPA Khurram Sher Zaman had filed the reference on his party’s behalf on December 20 seeking the disqualification of the former president for allegedly concealing his New York apartment in his tax returns.

In a sudden move, Zaman took back his reference from the ECP and announced approaching the Supreme Court.

“I want to move the Supreme Court against Asif Ali Zardari as we have come across evidence,” Zaman told media persons.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and the Omni Group have been accused of laundering billions of rupees through fictitious bank account.

The PPP and Zardari as well as the Omni Group have denied these charges and claimed that cases have been concocted against them.

Khurram Sher Zaman said, on the other hand, that he had found new evidence against Zardari. Zaman said that he had verified the documents ‘nationally and internationally’.

“Zardari will not be spared. We are prepared and will approach the top court. We will bring the case to a logical conclusion,” he said.

On December 27, the ECP had reviewed Zaman’s reference and accorded approval for an initial hearing.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that the PTI had directed its Sindh lawmaker Zaman to file a reference against Zardari for not mentioning his foreign assets in the nomination papers.

“Zardari owns an apartment in the United States. Under Article 62/63, he was bound to declare his assets which he didn’t. He is not eligible to remain a member of the Parliament anymore,” Chaudhry had said.