KARACHI – A banking court on Friday approved the Bail before the arrest of former president and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in money laundering case.
Zardari appeared before banking court and he was accompanied by his counsel Farooq Naik. The court granted the interim bail to Zardari on Rs2 million surety for pre-arrest bail.
Earlier on August 17, the local banking court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Zardari and other absconding suspects in the ongoing probe andon august 18, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) approved the former president’s petition for protective bail in the case and ordered him to appear before the relevant court before September 3.
Ahead of Zardari’s arrival, a bomb disposal squad scanned the court premises and gave the clearance.
The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
The former president’s other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were also arrested by FIA earlier this month. Majeed’s three other sons have been granted interim bail.
Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to sources.