ISLAMABAD -An Accountability Court in Islamabad on Monday extended physical remand of former president and Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for 14 days in Fake Bank Accounts and Money Laundering case.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi sought extension in Zardari’s remand for further investigation into the case.
Accountability Court No. I took up the case for the first time since Law Ministry was moved for removal of Accountability Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik.
Zardari and other accused appeared before the session presided over by duty judge Mohammad Bashir after the axing of judge Arshad Malik in leaked video scandal.
During the hearing, the Accountability watchdog sought an extension in former president’s remand for the fourth time.
The accountability court extended the physical remand of the PPP leader till July 29.
Meanwhile, police have ensured strict security arrangements outside the judicial complex and the adjoining roads are blocked for routine traffic. The litigant public is also denied entry towards the court.
On June 10, NAB arrested Zardari from Islamabad after a bench of the Islamabad High Court had rejected a plea filed by Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur, seeking an extension in their interim bail in the fake bank accounts case.
The case pertains to transactions worth hundreds of millions of rupees to the two leaders’ private companies, allegedly, through fake bank accounts.