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SHC issues notices to NAB DG, prosecutor in money laundering case.

KARACHI -- Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notice to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor and its Director General on a petition filed by former president Asif Ali Zardari challenging a banking court's verdict that allowed NAB to transfer the fake accounts case to Rawalpindi court. A two-member bench of the SHC headed by SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M. Sheikh and Justice Umar Sial heard the petition. Zardari's counsel, Farooq H Naek, maintained that the transfer of the case contradicts a verdict of Supreme Court passed in January this year. In their petition, the petitioner said that NAB summoned them on 20 March to Islamabad. ''NAB should be stopped from arresting Zardari and Faryal,'' the petitioner said. Petition further said that Asif Zardari is former president of Pakistan and is also president of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP).

''Former president has always been victim of political revenge,'' the petition said. It also said that due to political revenge, Zardari has passed his 11 years of life in jail but, later, those allegations were proved fake. He said that the Supreme Court had ordered NAB to complete its investigation within two months and that time period had already lapsed. SHC CJ asked Naek if he had raised this point in the apex court. But, Naek replied that the matter had not come under argument in the apex court. The counsel said that apex court had not ordered the transferring of the case to Rawalpindi. The bench issued notices to NAB prosecutor and director general and ordered them to submit their reply within a week. The court, later, adjourned the hearing till 26 March.

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Publication:Regional Times (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Mar 20, 2019
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