ISLAMABAD: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur appeared before the accountability court in the first hearing of fake bank accounts case today (Monday).
During the hearing, the court rejected exemption plea of Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur and ordered them to attend all the hearings of the case.
Meanwhile, two women accused have filed a request to become witness in the case over which lawyers of other accused opposed the decision and said that it’s not a stage that you can easily become approvers.
The court has adjourned hearing of the case till April 16.
On the occasion, female party workers clashed with the security personnel after which, they were arrested whereas PPP‘s former general secretary Latif Khosa also got infuriated for stopping to enter the court.
Earlier, in a statement, Asif Zardari had said that I believe in facing the cases with patience. Efforts are being made to implicate us in different cases, he added.
It is to be mentioned here that the case was transferred to accountability court in Islamabad from Karachi’s banking court.
Earlier on December 24, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), formed on the apex court’s orders to probe into the alleged money-laundering case, presented its 128-page final report to the court which included recommendations for filing 16 NAB references.
The report had mentioned that 29 fake accounts were identified by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which laundered Rs42 billion, however, the team further discovered 11,500 bank accounts of 924 account holders, 59 Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) and 24,500 Cash Transactions Reports (CTRs).