A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court on Tuesday, issued bailabale arrest warrant for Asif Ali Zardari in Toshakhana Case.
An accountability court on Tuesday, carried out the hearing of Toshakhana Case and issued bailable arrest warrant for Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman and former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.
During the hearing Zardari’s lawyer Farooq H Naek contended that his client will be present at the next hearing.
Expressing his views on Zardari’s refusal to appear before the court, citing COVID-19 concerns Mr Naek stated that if Asif Ali Zardari was to appear before the court a large number of people will gather in the compound which will increase risk of spread of the novel coronavirus.
Responding to Mr Naek’s arguments, Justice Asghar said that the court will fix a substantial long date for Mr Zardari’s court appearance and he must appear before the court at the next hearing.
Furthermore, Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi – NAB Deputy Prosecutor General opposed Mr Naek’s arguments and contended that Asif Ali Zardari should not be able to benefit from any kind of relief and urged the court to issue non-bailable arrest warrant for the accused.
The court then issued bailable arrest warrant for Asif Ali Zardari, directing him to appear before the court in the next hearing.
In addition to it, the court also instructed Nawaz Sharif to appear before the court till August 17 or else he will be declared an absconder under Section 87 of Criminal Code of Procedure.
It is to be noted that NAB has accused Yousaf Raza Gilani of misusing his authority and allowing the issuance of government vehicles to Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.
Furthermore, Asif Ali Zardar is also accused of using fake bank accounts to pay for the cars, of which only 15 per cent of the total cost was paid.