Wednesday October 19, 2022

NAB Files Petition In IHC To Withdraw Appeal Against Zardari’s Acquittal In Four References

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) today approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to withdraw appeals against PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari’s acquittal in four references, which are scheduled for hearing tomorrow.

In its application, the anti corruption body stated that only photocopies of the documents are on record in the references against Zardari; therefore, further prosecution is impossible.

The NAB has submitted four separate petitions in the IHC to withdraw appeals against Zardari’s acquittal by the accountability court in the SGS, Cotecna, Ursus Tractors, and ARY Gold References, which state that only photocopies of the documents are on record against the former president.

The graf-buster body also mentioned that the available documents are not in accordance with the law of evidence. It stated that further prosecution on the appeals is an impossible task; therefore, to meet the requirements of justice, the court should allow NAB to withdraw the appeals against Zardari’s acquittals.

After the hearing of the reference was completed, the accountability court ordered to acquit Zardari and also approved NAB’s petition to withdraw the appeals against his acquittal simultaneously.

With regard to two cases — ARY Gold reference and Ursus Tractors filed in the years 2000 and 2001 — the accountability court issued its verdict to acquit the PPP co-chair on December 12, 2014. This case was initially created in 1998.

Zardari was also acquitted by the accountability court in the Cotecna and SGS reference on November 24, 2015.

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