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Zardari, Faryal To Appear Before Court Today in Money Laundering Case

A banking court will resume today hearing into a money laundering case against former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other accused.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman and his sister will likely appear before the court for extension of their interim bail which expires today.
Zardari had skipped the previous hearing while Talpur turned up in the court amid tight security.
Defence counsel Farooq H Naek filed an application on behalf of the former president seeking exemption from personal appearance. He stated before the court that Zardari was busy in Islamabad owing to the National Assembly sessions and requested adjournment of the case for the purpose.
Meanwhile, the accused were provided a copy of the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea seeking transfer of the case from Karachi to Islamabad to to submit their replies.
Earlier, on Feb 14, the FIA prosecutor had stated before the court that there was no justification to hear the bail petitions of the suspects.
Farooq H Naek, who represented the PPP leaders, said it was FIA’s responsibility to submit a final charge-sheet.
Over the course of the hearing, the judge asked investigation officer Muhammad Ali Abro about the progress of the case, to which he replied that they were transferring the case to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as per the Supreme Court orders.
However, the defence counsel said the SC had passed no such order that directed the bureau to file a reference.
The judge directed the prosecutor to either submit a challan or a petition to transfer the case to the corruption watchdog.
The FIA prosecutor further informed that the record was being transferred and they were in touch with the NAB occials in this record.