Does not see PPP becoming part of PDM again, says Asif Zardari

Court grants bail to PPP leader, bars NAB from arresting former president sans court’s nod

By: News Desk      Published: 01:10 PM, 11 Jan, 2022
Does not see PPP becoming part of PDM again, says Asif Zardari
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Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said he did not think that PPP would ever become the part of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) again, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

Speaking to the media outside an accountability court (AC) in Islamabad where he had gone in connection with the hearing of New York property reference, Zardari said it was his desire from day one that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government was sent home. 

He further said the government was a bunch of ‘incompetent’ people who could not steer the country out of the present crisis. 

When a reporter asked him whether he foresaw an in-house change, the former president replied, “Keep your fingers crossed; InshaAllah, everything will be alright.”  

During the court proceedings, an interesting situation developed when a cellphone suddenly started ringing in the courtroom. 

And since the ringtone was that of a child crying, the judge had to stop the hearing temporarily and could not help commenting that it seemed as if somebody’s child was crying. 

The entire courtroom burst into laughter over Judge Muhammad Bashir’s these comments. 

Meanwhile, pronouncing the verdict it had reserved in the morning, an accountability court (AC) on Tuesday accepted the bail application of former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in New York property reference.

Hence, the court rejected the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea to deny bail to Zardari.   

The court, in its order, further said that from now onwards, the NAB would have to seek its permission before arresting the former president while inquiry in the case was underway.  

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had, on December 14, 2021, discarded the NAB’s reference filed against former president and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, declaring it ultra vires while at the same time directing the bureau to make a new reference.

The Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Amir Farooq gave these orders while hearing a petition filed by Zardari, seeking his acquittal in the NAB’s reference against his property in New York, USA.

While hearing the petition, CJ Minallah declared that the NAB’s reference against Mr Zardari was not according to the law. He chided the bureau that all its references got busted because they were not prepared as per the law. 

The court tasked the anti-graft watchdog to make a new reference while excluding the income tax matter from it till Jan 18.  

Reporter Ihtesham Kiani