Assefa disallowed to meet Zardari despite court orders





The Pakistan People’s Party condemned the “unjust, brutal and callous decision” of the NAB in disallowing Aseefa Bhutto Zardari to meet her father despite Court orders allowing her meet her father for an extended period of time on the festive occasion of Eid.

Giving background Secretary General of the PPPP former Senator Farhatulah Babar in a Press Conference at Media Office Islamabad with Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar the Spokesman to the Chairman PPP on Wednesday evening said that Aseefa Bhutto Zardari was turned back by the NAB officials when she went there today to meet her father today under court orders.

Earlier the Accountability Court Islamabad had ordered NAB that Ms Azra Fazal Pechehu the sister and all three children of Asif Ali Zardari namely Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtwar Bhutto Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto Zardari be facilitated to meet with Mr Zardari, on physical remand with NAB, on the occasion of Eidul Azha for three days on August 12, 13 and 14 for extended period of time.

However, Wednesday when Aseefa Bhutto Zardari arrived at the NAB detention centre at the appointed time she was first made to shuttle from door to door before finally being told that she cannot meet her father. Aseefa showed copy of the Court order but it was disregarded by NAB authorities who turned her back.

By first permitting Aseefa to visit her father in compliance with court orders and then, upon arrival at the detention centre, refusing her the meeting the NAB authorities have committed contempt of the Court, he said.

While condemning NAB highhandedness the Party will agitate the matter at all available forums including the courts, the Parliament and the bar of public opinion, he said.

The audacity of power drunk NAB officials to flout the Court orders to work as a tool of political re-engineering at the behest of the Prime Minister is shocking and will not go unchallenged.

Those who think that such shamefully strong arm tactics would break the spirit of Bhuttos must remember that Bhuttos are not made of wood that burns easily. Just when the nation is raising voice against violation of human rights in India held Kashmir such violations of the basic legal and human rights of Pakistani political prisoners only undermines a larger cause and directly plays into the hands of enemies of Pakistan, he said.