Islamabad: Accountability court on Wednesday has accepted exemption from hearing plea of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in Park Lane reference.
During the proceedings, the court instructed the lawyers of both parties to ensure that they would attend the next hearing on November 18.
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 denied allegations of his involvement in the project. Zardari, who was jailed for 11 years for corruption, has never been popular and is always controversial. He resigned from the office of the president in 2013. But he still continues to serve as the co-chair of the opposition PPP.