Zardari, Talpur to be indicted in fake accounts case on Oct 4


ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday fixed October 4 to indict former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the money laundering and fake accounts case.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presented Zardari in Judge Muhammad Bashir’s court, however, Talpur could not be presented in the hearing due to a session in the Sindh Assembly.

Condemning the arrest of Pakistan Peoples Party’s senior leader Khursheed Shah on Wednesday, Zardari said the government can arrest whoever they want.

“We don’t even need the production orders,” he said.

Pakistan Peoples Party senior leadership, Omni Group’s Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairperson Hussain Lawai, Summit Bank Senior Vice-President Taha Raza are among those being investigated in cases related to the fake accounts scandal.

The case was transferred to Islamabad after a Karachi banking court accepted the NAB transfer request filed following the SC judgment forwarding the joint investigation team (JIT) report to the bureau with directions to investigate and file references.

Zardari remained in NAB remand till August 16 when the accountability court sent him to judicial remand after NAB prosecutor Muzaffar Abbasi apprised the court of new developments in the case.

Consequently, he was moved to Adiala Jail. Talpur, on the other hand, was shifted from Islamabad’s Polyclinic Hospital to Adiala jail at midnight on August 12.

On August 19, the defence counsel lamented to the court that their clients were ill-treated in jail. Latif Khosa said the former president was suffering from a number of health issues that could pose a threat to his life.