On Wednesday, Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chair of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), sought to be removed from his bail application in three cases, claiming he knew why he was suffering and “does not want to embarrass anyone.”
He withdrew his applications seeking bail in Park Lane, Tosha Khana luxury vehicles and bulletproof vehicles references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) President Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who went to the Islamabad High Court of the House of Parliament to accompany his father, said the latter had made the right decision. In the past, the PPP had faced the discrimination that still existed, he said, adding that the party would continue to fight.
A division bench of the IHC, composed of judges Aamer Farooq and Mohsin Akhtar Kayani earlier this week, allowed Zardari to appear in person at the hearing of his bail application in the Park Lane case.
It should be noted that the former president was detained after the release of his bail in the case of fake bank accounts.
In a previous hearing, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, Zardari’s representative, testified in court that since the PPP leader was not released on bail in both cases, the NAB could arrest his client even after obtaining bail in the case of fake bank accounts.
NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi, who objected to the guilty plea, said that Zardari was in the bureau’s custody. As a result, his personal assistance to the IHC was not mandatory.
However, the court ordered NAB to produce Zardari by June 26.
The former president, through his lawyers, had made a request to the IHC to ask NAB to give instructions to the latter at the hearing of his petitions.
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20 September, 2019