NAB to challenge Asif Zardari's bail in SC
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to approach the Supreme Court for cancellation of the post-arrest bail granted to former president Asif Ali Zardari in the Park Lane Estate Company and the money laundering through fake bank accounts cases.
According to a private TV channel, the NAB Rawalpindi has prepared an application that will be filed in the apex court after approval of the bureau’s prosecutor general.
The application maintains that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had granted bail to Zardari while ignoring past judicial decisions.
On December 12, 2019, the PPP’s co-chairman was released from custody at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) that was declared a sub-jail on the orders of the IHC in the same cases on medical grounds.
The bail was granted on Dec 11 against surety bonds of Rs20 million after his staying in NAB detention for six months.
The court had noted that the petitioner, who is one of the accused in a reference pending before an accountability court, “has not been convicted and, therefore, he is to be treated as innocent unless proven guilty”.
On Nov 12, an accountability court in Islamabad had rejected Asif Zardari’s application for transferring him to Karachi for his ongoing medical treatment.