ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) on Tuesday heard the pre-arrest bail plea of former president Asif Ali Zardari whereas an utility for his exemption from attendance of the courtroom listening to was additionally filed on the idea of medical grounds, Geo Information reported.
Zardari had filed a bail plea after the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) opened an investigation right into a New York condominium allegedly owned by Zardari.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamer Farooq heard the pre-arrest bail case.
Naik pleaded that the previous president couldn’t seem earlier than the courtroom as a result of well being issues and prayed the courtroom to grant him bail within the NAB inquiry in his absence. He contended that Zardari was beneath remedy at a non-public hospital in Karachi.
Throughout the listening to, the courtroom questioned how may a bail plea be heard within the absence of Zardari. In response, Zardari’s lawyer Farooq H Naik requested the courtroom to grant two extra days for his shopper to seem earlier than the courtroom.
Nonetheless, the courtroom rejected the request to listen to Zardari’s pre-arrest bail plea in absentia. Commenting on the remarks, Justice Aamer Farooq mentioned that the presence of the applicant is important in pre-arrest bail circumstances.
Upon listening to the courtroom’s remarks, Naik mentioned that Zardari might be offered earlier than the courtroom tomorrow (July 7) and might be delivered to the premises by way of an air ambulance. The courtroom has agreed to listen to the case tomorrow.
The NAB has knowledgeable the previous president, by way of a discover, that he had not disclosed in Pakistan that he owned an condominium in New York’s Manhattan space.
NAB additionally identified within the discover that the anti-graft physique couldn’t receive information confirming that any authorized sum was despatched from Pakistan to purchase the flat in New York.
The previous president wrote within the petition that he obtained NAB’s discover on June 15 and had sought time to reply to the discover. Zardari mentioned he had requested time so he may collect details about the property.
“There is a history of NAB targeting me,” said the previous president within the petition. “I am suffering from several ailments, and getting treatment from doctors,” he had added.
Ali Zaidi shares property tax payments of Zardari’s alleged NY condominium
Federal minister Ali Haider Zaidi, in 2018, tweeted the property tax payments of a New York condominium allegedly owned by the PPP co-chairperson.
The PTI had filed a reference with the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) towards Zardari for allegedly hiding the property in his nomination papers.
The petition was submitted by the PTI’s Khurram Sher Zaman and Firdous Shamim Naqvi moved the ECP Sindh to take discover of the matter and disqualify Zardari as a member of the Nationwide Meeting. The provincial election commissioner had maintained that solely the ECP Islamabad may take motion over it.
The property paperwork tweeted by Zaidi talked about the tackle of the condominium as: 524 East 72 avenue, Apt 37F, NY, NY Manhattan 10021. Zaidi tagged Zaman within the tweet, and mentioned: “@khurram2004 more info for your petition.”
— With further enter from APP.