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NAB urges IHC to cancel pre-arrest bail it granted to Zardari

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has urged the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to cancel the pre-arrest bail granted to PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari in the money laundering case.

On Friday, the top graft body submitted its written reply in the IHC on Zardari’s pre-arrest bail petition. The bureau urged the court to cancel the interim pre-arrest bail granted to Zardari in the ongoing investigation into alleged money laundering carried out via fake bank accounts.

Deputy prosecutor general Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi said in the reply that NAB fears evidence tampering owing to the influence yielded by Zardari. He said that the Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman is not cooperating with the bureau in the probe.

The Bureau accused Zardari of deliberately misleading the court regarding his bail petition and did not deserve any leniency on the matter.

NAB said it handed its questionnaire to Zardari on March 20, and he was given 10 days to submit his responses to the questions.

The probe into the fake accounts scam was ongoing as per the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and NAB had obtained all documentary evidence in accordance with the law, the reply stated.

NAB was not obliged to inform Zardari about any of the inquiries in which he had not been summoned, it added.

The IHC on Wednesday extended the interim pre-arrest bail of Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur till April 29, after having approved the bail petitions of the two on March 28.

The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July last year in connection with the probe.

The former president’s other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed a close aide and Omni Group chairman and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August 2018.