ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was given 11-day physical remand of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari a day after the former president was arrested in the fake accounts case.
Prior to Zardari’s arrival in court, he underwent a mandatory medical check-up by a team of doctors from Polyclinic and the former president was declared fit for physical remand after the examination.
The former president, while talking to the media outside the courtroom, said the “selected” prime minister has no knowledge of the matter and the “arrest is the interior minister’s doing”.
The hearing, presided by Judge Arshad Malik, is currently underway.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials alleged that there were eight concrete grounds for Zardari’s arrest. “Zardari laundered money through frontman and unnamed institutions,” NAB officials told the court.
Zardari’s counsel, Farooq H Naek, further maintained that the trial will only be fair if the investigation is impartial. The alleged front companies for Park Lane and Parthenon were mentioned before the bench, to which Naek objected that “there was no connection between the fake accounts case and Park Lane”.
The accountability watchdog is expected to appeal for the former president’s physical remand.
Zardari has also filed a petition requesting additional facilities and has sought permission for the provision of a personal servant. The PPP co-chairman has also requested medical facilities.
Strict security arrangements have been made ahead of Zardari’s appearance in court. A least 1,500 security personnel have been deployed in and around the accountability court premises.
Authorities plan to restrict access of party workers to the area.
Zardari was arrested by NAB on Monday hours after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) recalled the pre-arrest bail granted to him and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case.
The co-chairman of the PPP was taken into NAB custody from his residence in the federal capital and was taken to the NAB Rawalpindi office.