Zardari’s acquittal in NAB cases: IHC to take up pleas on Monday

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) fixed the hearing of petitions challenging the acquittal of former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against him.

The court fixed the hearing of petitions challenging the exoneration of the former president in 25-year-old references made by the NAB.

A two-judge bench headed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah would hear the petitions on Monday.

The court directed the anti-graft watchdog to come to the court with full preparation while asking it to not waste the court’s time.

The NAB challenged Zardari’s acquittal in its references including the Ursus tractors deal, ARY Gold case, Cotecna and the Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) cases.

In December 2014, an accountability court acquitted Zardari in ARY Gold and Ursus Tractor corruption references.

In November 2015, an Islamabad accountability court had also exonerated Zardari in other NAB references viz SGS-Cotecna references on the want of evidence.

Seven years ago, the NAB filed appeals challenging Zardari’s acquittal in its references.

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