Zardari’s acquittal in references: NAB seeks adjournment of appeals
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The National Accountability Bureau on Monday once again sought more time for presenting its arguments in the pleas challenging PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s acquittal in bureau’s 25-year-old references, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
A two-judge bench of Islamabad High Court headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah and comprising Justice Sardar Ijaz Ishaq Khan heard the appeals on Monday.
At the start of the hearing, the anti-graft body sought more time for giving its arguments in appeals against the exoneration of former president Zardari in the Ursus tractors deal, ARY Gold case, Cotecna and the Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) references.
Irked by NAB’s practice of seeking more time for its arguments, CJ Minallah remarked that it looked like that the bureau was interested in the proceedings of its appeals. He warned NAB that the court was giving it the last chance. If NAB could not present its arguments, then the court would assume that the anti-graft watchdog was not serious in pursuing its appeals.
He said that the bureau asked him to request the court to adjourn the case.
The chief justice further asked the NAB prosecutor whether he had read the court order of Nov 15, 2021 or did he know what was written in it?
With this, the court adjourned the case till June 13.
In December 2014, an accountability court had acquitted the PPP co-chairman in ARY Gold and Ursus Tractor corruption references.
Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani