IHC grants permanent bail to Asif Zardari

By: News Desk      Published: 04:17 PM, 3 Feb, 2021
IHC grants permanent bail to Asif Zardari
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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted permanent bail to former president Asif Ali Zardari in Rs8 billion suspicious transaction case on medical grounds and barred the NAB from arresting the PPP co-chairman, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhter Kayani and Justice Amir Farooq heard the case after inquiring from NAB prosecutor about the authenticity of the medical reports on Wednesday, and granted Asif Zardari bail on medical grounds.

Zardari’s counsel Farooq H Naek and NAB’s Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi appeared in the court. 

On court’s inquiry, the prosecutor general said a reference regarding this case has not yet been filed as the matter is at the investigation level. Though the NAB chairman had already issued arrest warrants.

Justice Amir Farooq then remarked “You people file supplementary reference in every other case. You would have made this case a supplementary reference to the already running fake bank accounts case.

Farooq H Naek argued that Asif Zardari had been on remand for two months after the arrest during which the NAB investigator would have quizzed the former president. “He still is ready to join the investigation,” he added.

During proceedings, the counsel of the PPP leader said that they are seeking bail on medical grounds.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani inquired from the NAB lawyer about any objection to the medical reports. 

Justice Kayani said now the question is whether the petitioner will go abroad after bail on which Asif Zardari’s lawyer apprised the court that his client’s name is on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Farooq H Naek said his client has not been called even once in a year and ready to give undertaking that whenever the NAB will call his client will fully cooperate. 

“As far as I remember, this case is at the inquiry stage,” Farooq H Naik replied on which Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani inquired whether a reference has been filed yet on which the NAB prosecutor said no reference has been filed in this case yet.

The NAB prosecutor also mentioned a former 15-grade employee of President House named Mushtaq, who has no personal property but living in Dubai since 2015.