Court extends Zardari, Talpur’s judicial remand till Dec 17 in money laundering, Park Lane cases
ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday extended judicial remand of former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Dr. Faryal Talpur till December 17 in the money laundering through fake bank accounts and Park Lane Reference cases.
Accountability court Judge Muhammad Azam Khan presided the hearing of the fake bank accounts case. Accountability court judge approved the application of Dr. Faryal Talpur to meet Asif Ali Zardari at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
Zardari could not be produced before the court whereas Talpur was brought from the Adiala Jail. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor stated that supplementary references had also been filed in the fake account case, which has 65 volumes and is currently under scrutiny.
“Additional evidence has been made part of case record whereas the number of accused remain the same,” he said. The court also ordered the provision of copies of the supplementary references to the accused.
Meanwhile, Asif Ali Zardari has been undergoing medical treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) of Islamabad which has been declared a sub-jail.
Asif Zardari was not taken from the hospital to the accountability court due to his poor health. The prosecution informed the court that it was not possible to produce the former president due to his health condition.
The Park Lane reference has been registered against Asif Zardari and Ms Talpur under different sections of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, and the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010.
Asif Zardari has been accused of being involved “in extending loan and its misappropriation by M/s Parthenon Private Limited, M/S Park Lane Estate Private Limited and others”.
On Nov. 12, the court had rejected Zardari’s application seeking his transfer to Karachi for treatment by private doctors of his choice instead of physicians of the Islamabad-based government hospital.
On the same day, the court had extended Zardari and Talpur’s judicial remand till Nov. 26 in the money laundering through fake bank accounts case.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor had presented his arguments in the courtroom.
“Zardari was shifted to the hospital upon recommendation of a medical board formed by the government […] filing an application with the government is not begging,” the prosecutor stated.
The prosecutor had further asked whether the former president was transferred to the hospital due to begging.
“The situation is not like this […] now seeking recommendation of the same medical board and the government is being interpreted as begging,” he had argued.