Zardari skips appearance in fake accounts case

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BASHARAT RAJA

ISLAMABAD

An accountability court on Tuesday adjourned hearing in fake bank accounts and Park Lane Estate cases involving former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and others till Mar 3.

The former president skipped court appearance owing to his health issues, while Talpur and other co-accused appeared before the court.

Asif Ali Zardari earlier filed a petition in which he pleaded the court to grant him immunity from appearing in the court due to his health condition. The plea of Zardari was accepted by the court.

Zardari’s counsel, Farooq H. Naek apprised the court that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has not provided them the copies of the references filed against his client.

He prayed the court to issue directives for furnishing copies of references to him.

The court ordered NAB to provide the copies of the references to the accused and adjourned the hearing of the case till Mar 3.

Talking to media outside the court, Naek said that Zardari is critically ill and the doctors have advised him against traveling.

On July 19, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed Park Lane properties reference against the former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

According to the NAB, Zardari is accused of denting the loss of Rs 3.77 billion to the national exchequer.

According to details, Asif Ali Zardari was allegedly for running a fake front company by the name of Parathon as a shareholder in Park Lane properties.