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Zardari, Faryal Interim Bail in Money Laundering Case Extended till Jan 7

KARACHI: The interim pre-arrest bail of Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister in the money laundering case was extended till January 7, 2018.

A banking court in the southern port city of Karachi heard the money laundering case against Zardari, Faryal Talpur and other accused.

Zardari and Talpur appeared before the court accompanied by a large number of top PPP leaders, MNAs, MPAs and workers amid the rumours the duo would be arrested today.

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However, the rumours proved to be mere rumours as the court extended the interim bail of the two in the case pertaining to alleged money laundering of Rs4.14 billion through fake bank accounts.

PPP leaders including former Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah and former federal minister Rehman Malik as well as party workers had gathered outside the court.

Once the hearing began, a prosecutor of the Federal Investigation Agency told the court that joint investigation team (JIT) probing the case has submitted its report in the Supreme Court and now awaits the apex court’s orders.

Subsequently, the court extended the siblings’ interim pre-arrest bails for the sixth time and adjourned the case.

Zardari and Talpur are facing charges of sending out the country billions of rupees through fake bank accounts.

Senior PPP leader Khursheed Shah, following the hearing, claimed that by leaking the JIT report a “media trial” of their party was being conducted.

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“We have seen the court’s good and bad eras as well as their good and bad decision,” Shah told media representatives. “We have seen all the judges from Justice Muneer till Justice Saqbi Nisar. We are mentally prepared for everything but our media trial is being conducted.

Rehman Malik also condemned the rumours mongers, saying those claiming Zardari and Faryal will be arrested today should tender an apology.