NAB asks IHC to cancel Zardari’s bail for ‘non-cooperation’

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has asked Islamabad High Court (IHC) to cancel Zardari’s bail for ‘non-cooperation’ on Friday.

NAB submitted its reply in the mega money laundering and fake bank accounts case at the IHC. The anti-graft body asked IHC to cancel Zardari’s interim pre-arrest bail as it feared that the former president could tamper with the evidence due to his influence.

NAB also said that the former president was not cooperating in the case. The corruption watchdog stated that Zardari had deliberately misled NAB about his bail petition hence he did not deserve any leniency.

The reply stated that the investigation into fake bank accounts and mega money laundering corruption case was conducted on orders of the apex court.

“NAB obtained all documentary evidence in accordance with the law,” stated the reply.

The IHC extended the pre-arrest interim bail of Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur till April 29.

The Supreme Court is hearing the case of the mega money laundering and fake bank accounts case since last year. Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur along with 32 other people are accused of laundering billions through fictitious bank accounts.

Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested last year in July. Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur and the senior leadership of the PPP have denied money laundering charges.

Around 20 ‘benami’ accounts were opened in banks in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made.

Sources claim that the money used in those transactions had been obtained from kickbacks and illegal commissions etc.