ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad Monday indicted former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the money laundering reference, as the two accused, who were present in the courtroom, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The indictment came after Zardari filed a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) earlier in the day for quashing the money laundering and Park Lane trials on references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). In this connection, Zardari pleaded that he was not guilty in the said reference thus he should be acquitted.
He prayed that references be quashed as they are “without jurisdiction, illegal, unlawful, null and void ab-initio.” On September 23, the IHC had extended his interim bail till October 15 and directed NAB to submit a reply again.
The bail application was heard by a two-member special bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani. Earlier, the accountability court last week had ordered for former president’s indictment in the Park Lane, mega-money laundering and fake accounts references. The reserved verdict was announced by Azam Khan, the accountability court judge.
The court had summoned all the accused, including the former president, on September 28, as the judge dismissed the former president’s pleas against the cases.