An accountability court in Islamabad once again deferred indictment Asif Ali Zardari and other accused in a corruption reference until July 6.
Mohammad Azam Khan, Accountability Judge issued directives for making arrangements to enable the PPP co-chairman and other accused residing in Karachi who are unable to appear before the court due to the coronavirus pandemic, to appear through video link on the next hearing.
Asif Ali Zardari through his lawyer Farooq H Naek filed an application seeking exemption from personal appearance in today’s hearing.
The defence counsel stated that it is difficult for a senior citizen like his client to travel to Islamabad due to vulnerability in the wake of the COVID-19.
He reminded former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani was diagnosed with the COVID-19 after he appeared in a court.
The judge told the lawyer that he (Farooq H Naek) too was appearing despite the contagion and asked if his life was not dear to him.He insisted “If you are appearing, then ask Asif Ali Zardari to appear as well,”
The accountability court further questioned if the former president was in a hospital, to which Farooq H Naek replied that health experts had asked him to stay in hospital because of the pandemic but he is at his Karachi residence.
Asif Ali Zardari has been accused of being involved in “extending loan and its misappropriation by M/s Par¬the-non Private Limited, M/s Park Lane Estate Private Limited and others”.
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