The Court Returns Suspicious Transactions Case Against Zardari To NAB

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On Wednesday, the National Accountability Bureau’s reference into suspected financial transactions was dropped against former president Asif Ali Zardari at an accountability court.

Over a jurisdictional dispute, the accountability court sent the NAB back the suspicious bank transactions referral.

Both Farooq Naik, representing Zardari, and Sohail Arif, prosecuting for the NAB, were present in court for the hearing.

According to Naik, the accountability court does not have authority to hear the case against Zardari because of the new accountability law. He urged the judge to rule on the petitions in accordance with the law.

Following arguments, Administrative Judge Muhammad Bashir determined that the accountability court should forward the referral to the appropriate body.

Last year, the NAB went the court to reference the questionable financial transactions involving Zardari.

Toshakhana references against Asif Ali Zardari, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, and ex-PM Yousuf Raza Gilani were all sent back to NAB today by an accountability court.

After the NAB Ordinance was updated, the court noted that cases involving amounts of less than Rs 500 million could no longer be filed.

Nawaz Sharif was already labelled a proclaimed offender by the court owing to his prolonged absence in the Toshakhana case.

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