NAB issues Asif Zardari’s arrest warrants

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday issued arrest warrants of former president and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in case pertaining to mega money laundering.

According to Dunya News, NAB chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had given the approval for the issuance of arrest warrant of the former president.

Asif Zardari is wanted in case pertaining to mega money laundering.

The anti-graft watchdog officials said that the PPP co-chairman’s arrest warrants would be presented before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on June 10.

The officials said that they wanted to interrogate Zardari in mega money laundering case.

Earlier on Thursday, the Islamabad High Court had extended the bail of the former president and his sister Faryal Talpur till June 10 in the money laundering case.

On the other hand, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) furnished all record in the court, as per its order yesterday, pertaining to the fake accounts transactions in the hearing today.

Subsequently, the court examined the record, NAB additional prosecutor Jahanzeb Bharwana presented three reports before the court as evidence on the involvement of Mr Zardari and his sister in the case.

To which, Mr Zardari’s defense counsel, Farooq H Naek sought more time from the court “as new documents have been furnished today.”

Responding to him, the additional prosecutor argued that the NAB is an investigative agency and thereby it could take action as per Anti-Money Laundering Act.

To this, the bench inquired from the additional prosecutor “what is the money laundering as you are mingling money laundering with kickbacks [an illicit payment made to someone in return for facilitating a transaction]?”

“Even if the reference is filed in the case, would you then file a supplementary reference?” the court asked further.

To which, the additional prosecutor responded, “The NAB can file as many references as it wants.”

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