PPP leader would now be presented in accountability court on June 24

Faryal Talpur, Sibtain Khan remanded into NAB custody

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Faryal Talpur was remanded in the National Accountability Bureau’s custody for nine days here on Saturday.

The nine-day remand was granted by an accountability court in Islamabad after NAB requested the court for a 14-day physical remand.

The PPP leader would now be presented in the accountability court on June 24.

Talpur, the sister of former president Asif Ali Zardari, is one of the main accused in the fake accounts case. She was placed under house arrest on June 14 as NAB officials declared her F-8 residence in Islamabad a sub-jail.

Earlier this week, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed pre-arrest bail requests filed by Zardari and Talpur.

The former president was arrested on Monday and remanded in NAB custody till June 21.

On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Sibtain Khan has been handed over to National Accountability Bureau on a 10-day physical remand.

As per details, the former minister was presented before the accountability judge on Saturday where he was given into the NAB’s custody for 10 days.

Earlier today, Sibtain Khan tendered his resignation from the post of provincial minister for forestry, wildlife and fisheries after being arrested on Friday by the NAB in relation to corruption charges against him.

The PTI leader was allegedly involved in handing out illegal tenders in his ministry. Sibtain Khan belongs to the paternal contingency of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Mianwali.

Khan previously held the provincial ministry for natural resources in 2007. He was previously a member of Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) before joining PTI.

Reacting to arrest of Faryal Talpur, PPP Co-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari strongly condemned her arrests and said his party’s leadership was jailed in order to divert the attention of the masses from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s ‘anti-people’ budget.

“The government has arrested the political leaders to divert your [masses] attention from its economic terrorism…to get its anti-people budget approved from parliament,.

“[Both] Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur were arrested without any conviction against them,” he claimed. “Zardari was arrested the day the government released the Economic Survey 2019, which highlighted PTI’s economic performance… the worst in history.” NAB is investigating the senior PPP leadership in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s verdict in a case pertaining to money laundering of billions through fake accounts.

Other accused include Omni Group’s Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, and former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairman Hussain Lawai.