Islamabad High Court rejected the petitions filed by former President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur seeking extension in bail in fake bank accounts case on Monday.
IHC rejects bail petition of Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur in fake accounts case
A two-member bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Kiani of the IHC gave the verdict on the petitions after hearing arguments from both sides.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will seek the court’s permission to arrest Asif Zardari . The Nab has already issued arrest warrants for the PPP co-chairman in money laundering case.
During the previous hearing, the court had extended Zardari and his sister’s pre-arrest bail till 10 June 2019.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) can now act on its arrest warrants against Zardari and Talpur which were apparently issued yesterday — after receiving the written order, which is expected to be issued soon.
During the proceeding of the case, NAB furnished all record in the court, as per its order, pertaining to the fake accounts transactions.
PPP workers in Punjab have already planned a protest in case Zardari is arrested. The party planned blockade of all major roads of the Punjab capital by arranging workers’ protests there in case of arrest of the party’s co-chairman.
A PPP worker, Azizur Rehman Chan, said that the protest would be “vigorous” as committees had been formed and duties assigned for each protest point.
Faisal Mir, another PPP leader, said that if Prime Minister Imran Khan managed to get Zardari arrested through the NAB, he would be laying the foundation for the removal of his government.
A NAB officer investigating the fake bank accounts case had informed an IHC division bench last month that the investigation team of the fake accounts case had sought approval from the NAB chairman for the arrest of Zardari and his sister. DawnNewsTV reported citing sources.