Published On: Thu, Jan 9th, 2014
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Court showing today: Security demanded for Zardari

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Karachi: Home secretary of Sindh government on Wednesday forwarded a letter to federal secretary in which he confirmed that former president Asif Ali Zardari will appear before the Accountability Court Islamabad on Jan 9 to face five references of corruption filed against him 17 years ago.

Sindh secretary in letters to Federal Secretary Interior Shahid Khan and Inspector General of Islamabad Police Sikandar Hayat seeking adequate security for the former president during hearing of the references. He demanded a bullet-proof vehicle and a bomb disposal squad for Zardari who also enjoys post of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman.

PPP has directed its all members of National Assembly and the Senate to make sure their presence on the occasion of Zardari appearance before accountability court.

It is expected that the high drama going on in the country because of the hospitalisation of former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf and his trial in the high treason case will subside when Mr Zardari will appear before the accountability court for the first time after completing his presidential tenure on Sept 8.

References against Zardari were made by Ehtesab (Accountability) Bureau — the previous version of National Accountability Bureau — which pursued these cases in 1997 when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif headed the government.

During the previous hearing, Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir had asked Farooq H. Naek, lawyer of Zardari to write to the government to make necessary security arrangements for Zardari.

“I have written separate letters to secretary interior and the IG Islamabad and asked them to arrange foolproof security for Mr Zardari on the hearing day,” Naek told the media.

An inside source said that Zardari was due to arrive in Islamabad from Karachi on Wednesday night.