Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari will be produced before an accountability court in order to seek his 15-day physical remand today.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested the former president a day earlier.

According to media reports, the Islamabad administration has finalised the security plan of Zardari’s appearance before the court.

At least 500 policemen have been deployed around the federal capital for security purpose, while at least 300 police personnel have been deployed for security purpose outside the NAB headquarters.

The anti-riot force has been deployed at Faizabad and other entry points as the roads leading to accountability court will remain closed for all kind of traffic. Moreover, PPP workers will not be allowed to go beyond Para Chowk.

On the other hand, Rangers official will patrol the area around the accountability court.

On Monday, a team of NAB arrested former president Asif Ali Zardari, hours after the Islamabad High Court dismissed the bail pleas moved by PPP leader and his sister Faryal Talpur.

NAB arrests Asif Ali Zardari in fake bank accounts case

The court permitted the NAB to arrest the duo as it announced a verdict reserved earlier in the fake bank accounts/ money laundering case, however, the anti-graft body did not arrest Faryal Talpur.

Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani announced the verdict after the accused left the court premises; PPP co-chairman was on bail from as early as March 28.

The court had extended his interim bail for five times, however, a plea in this regard was rejected by a two-member bench.

The fake bank account case relates to the opening of over two dozen accounts in private banks through which money was allegedly laundered; Asif Zardari’s friends including Anwar Majeed, Hussain Lawai and others are already behind bars in the case.

A report by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) submitted in the Supreme Court detailed that over Rs100b were laundered through the said bank accounts though some estimates say the amount comes out to be around Rs 35b.