Asif Zardari withdraws plea for bail in three cases

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  • Since NAB had earlier issued warrants for the former president’s arrest in the Park Lane case.
  • The court maintained that the Supreme Court (SC) fixed a standard for bail in NAB cases in the Avenfield reference.
  • The decision to withdraw the petitions was conveyed by Zardari himself after he sought the judges permission to address the court.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday withdrew his petitions for bail in three cases – the Park Lane company, bulletproof cars, and Toshakhana cases.

The decision to withdraw the petitions was conveyed by Zardari himself after he sought the judges permission to address the court.

The former president told the bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani that he wanted to take back the bail pleas.

He questioned the legitimacy of the cases filed against him and said he was well aware of the reasons for his victimisation. “False cases have been filed against me. I know what my actual crimes were and why I stand before you today. I am no stranger to injustices; I have spent many years in prison and am ready to bear this injustice too,” said Zardari.

Since NAB had earlier issued warrants for the former president’s arrest in the Park Lane case, the bureau will formalise Zardari’s arrest in that case at some point in the future.

On June 18, the IHC, in its detailed judgement on the PPP co-chairperson’s bail plea, stated that NAB had no ulterior motive to arrest the former president.

In their written order, Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, said Zardari’s arrest was based on the need for further investigation of the accused and, as such, there was no ulterior motive on the bureau’s part.

The judgment stated that the argument that the NAB chairman does not have authority or jurisdiction in the matter was “without substance”.

“Under section 24 (a) read with section 24 (c) of the Ordinance, Chairman NAB can issue warrants of arrests even after the reference is filed,” reads the report.

The court maintained that the Supreme Court (SC) fixed a standard for bail in NAB cases in the Avenfield reference. SC’s decision also applies to the pre-arrest bail case, it added.

Former president Zardari was arrested by NAB on June 10 after the IHC recalled the pre-arrest bail granted to him and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case. For more latest news Pakistan, visit 9newshd.tv

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