Pakistan News Service

Sunday Nov 23, 2014, Muharram 30, 1436 Hijri
Logo Logo
LATEST :
Pakistan News Home -> Top -> News Details

Zardari appears before Accountability Court as hearing adjourned till Jan 18

10 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari appeared before Islamabad's Accountability Court on Thursday in hearing of five NAB references against him.

It was for the first time he turned up in any court to face charges since end of his tenure as president of Pakistan back in September 2013. Earlier he was enjoying immunity as head of the state.

The former president was accompanied by PPP workers and stalwarts amid tight security.

A judge of accountability court Muhammad Bashir heard the case pertaining to the five references against Zardari.

During the course of proceedings, Farooq H Naek, counsel for Zardari,submited a plea, stating that all accused in polo ground had been acquitted while pleaded the court to end charges against his client.

After initial hearing, the court adjourned the hearing till Jan 18 as Zardari was not charge-sheeted in today's proceeding.

Asif Zardari's defence counsel Farooq H.Naik told reporters outside the court that neither any witness appeared in the court nor any evidence was produced.

He said there is no ground of framing charges against Zardari as he is not a main accused in the case and the main accused have already been acquitted.

"We believe in rule of law… He is a brave man and will appear again if the court ordered," Naik said.

Naik said his client was not indicted today and the grounds of charge-sheeting are yet to be debated by the defence side.

Addressing the media, former interior minister Rehman Malik said that PPP has always respected court orders.

Asif Ali Zardari was summoned in court on at least five corruption references filed by NAB. The references against Zardari include polo ground, SGS, Cotecna, ARY and Ursus tractors. The court had already acquitted other accused in these references.

The accountability court took a suo motu action and reopened five references against Zardari in October, 2013. Earlier, the references were deferred because he enjoyed constitutional immunity during his tenure as President of Pakistan.

Polo ground reference is build upon the construction of a polo ground in PM house. The NAB had declared it illegal and in violation of rights afforded to him.

Zardari had last appeared before court in 2004 after which he got bail and went abroad.

End.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
 
 
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Imran - Qadri long march
Artilce 6 and Musharraf Trail
  Quick Vote Show Results
Question: "In view of the current situation do you think Talks with Taliban should take place only within the ambit of Article 4 of Objectives Resolution that defines our Common Purpose i.e. PM/ President down to all Pakistanis to work till we achieve the rights of Democracy, Freedom, Tolerance and Social Justice for all Pakistanis:"
Yes
No
 
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
LHC tells Sharif family to pay Rs 3.5bn mark-up on loan
Osama's killer comes forward to reveal his name
Suggested Sites