Court reserves verdict in Park Lane reference as Zardari withdraws dismissal plea

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ISLAMABAD (News10) – Accountability court on Friday has reserved verdict in Park Lane reference as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari has withdrawn his plea seeking dismissal of the case. 

During the hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) requested the accountability court to dispose of Zardari’s petition and indict him in the corruption reference.

NAB deputy prosecutor further said that the plea cannot be withdrawn after completion of arguments. The accused are trying to delay the proceedings of the case, he added. 

Meanwhile, the accountability judge has assured to wrap the reference as per law. 

In December 2019, former president Asif Ali Zardari was released on medical grounds after an accountability court in Islamabad issued separate robkars [mandamuses] in the Park Lane Estate Company and the money laundering through fake bank accounts cases against him.

The charges in the latest case centre around allegations Zardari laundered vast sums of money through suspect bank accounts and companies.

NAB is conducting investigations in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the money laundering of billions through fake accounts case wherein it forwarded the joint investigation team (JIT) report with directions to investigate and file references.

Zardari has repeatedly dismissed allegations he had a hand in the scheme. Never popular and always shrouded in controversy, Zardari — who was once jailed for 11 years for corruption — stepped down from the president s office in 2013. But he has continued to serve as co-chairman of the opposition PPP.

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