An accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday dismissed requests submitted by former president Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh lawmaker Faryal Talpur seeking A-class facilities in jail.
Earlier, the accountability court of Islamabad on Tuesday (August 20) reserved its verdict on applications filed by former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur for provision of A-class facilities in their prison cells in the Adiala Jail. According to details, Judge Muhammad Bashir presided over the hearing of the applications.
Advocate Farooq H Naek asked whether the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had any objection to transit remand.
In reply, NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar said the bureau had objection as the rule of A and B class in the jail had been abolished. “Now better facilities are available in better class,” he said. To this, advocate Khosa said they would not beg [for facilities] to the government.
Yesterday, both PPP leaders pleaded with the court for provision of facilities in their prison cell. According to an application filed by her legal team, the facilities sought include air-conditioner, TV, microwave oven, mosquito killer lamp, torch, iPod and a maid.
Zardari, Talpur, Omni Group’s Anwar Majid and his sons, and the former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairperson Hussain Lawai are among those being investigated in a case related to money laundering of billions through fictitious bank accounts. In December 2015, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) initiated a discreet investigation into certain bank accounts through which multi-billion rupee transactions have been made after some information came to the fore when an intelligence agency picked up a prominent money changer in an unrelated case.
It was then the Supreme Court intervened and the then chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice of the ‘slow progress’ in the money-laundering case. In July 2018, Zardari’s close aides Hussain Lawai, Taha Raza and two others were arrested. Subsequently, the first case was registered in the mega-corruption scandal.
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