Zardari, Faryal move SHC against transfer of cases

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Staff Report

KARACHI

Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur have approached the Sindh High Court (SHC), challenging banking court’s order to transfer of money laundering case against them to Rawalpindi.

Strict security arrangements were made as the PPP leaders arrived in the court along with their lawyers.

The application filed by Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur stated that the banking court’s decision was not in accordance with law, requesting the Sindh High Court to declare the ruling null and void.

The banking court on Friday ordered to transfer the mega money laundering cases against the brother sister duo to a court in Islamabad.

The NAB has also summoned Asif Ali Zardari Bilawal Bhutto Zardai on March 20.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been probing the money laundering case involving fake bank accounts and have arrested Omni Group owner Anwar Majeed and owner of a private bank during the course of investigation.

The FIA on July 6 last year filed a case in the banking court which conducted the hearing for eight months.

Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur have acquired protective bail to avoid arrest.

Farooq H Naik counsel for former president Asif Ali Zardari has said FIR has been registered against Asif Ali Zardari under the charges of money laundering and no loss has been caused to national kitty due to money laundering.

Talking to media men he said Saturday that it was their stance NAB laws were not applicable to this case as it was matter of private people.

He held it was clear that the case was transferred under the directives of Supreme Court. It is yet to be decided the case comes under the ambit of NAB or otherwise.

He stated affidavits for interim bail have been prepared and petitions will be filed after consultation with the client.  High court has been requested to set aside banking court decision.  Banking court is not authorized to transfer the case.