Court extends interim bail of Zardari, Talpur till Mar 5

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KARACHI: Banking Court today has extended the interim bail of former President and Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in a case related to money laundering till March 5.

It is pertinent to mention here that today the pre-arrest interim bail of Zardari and Faryal ended in one of the case granted to them following to which they reached the court.

During the hearing, when court asked from the Investigation Officer Muhammad Ali Abro about the present state of the the case, the officer replied that “On the orders of Supreme Court, FIA is transferring the case record to the country’s anti-graft watch dog National Accountability Bureau (NAB).”

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor told the court, “There is no justification to hear the suspects’ bail petitions.”

Responding to this, Farooq H Naek, the counsel of Zardari and Talpur said, “FIA must present a final challan.”

However, Zardari’s counsel upheld, “The SC did not order that a NAB reference be filed and directed further investigation.” Following to which, the court directed that the prosecutor should either submit a challan or a petition to transfer the case.

In the banking court, Asif Zardari also met with Hussain Lawai.

FIA is probing a high profile money laundering case of 20 ‘benami’ accounts that tends to be fabricated in which the former president, his sister are accused including Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed, his son AG Majeed, former Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) chairman Hussain Lawai, banker Taha Raza and others.