The bail of former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur has been extended till April 29 in the fake accounts case.
The Islamabad High Court announced the decision in their case on Wednesday.
NAB failed to submit its response on the pre-arrest bail application. Justice Aamer Farooq asked the NAB official when they will file their reply. The court gave NAB two weeks to file its response.
NAB Deputy Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi assured the court that the reply is ready and will be filed soon.
Justice Farooq said NAB should at least inform the petitioners how many inquiries are under way against them. The petitioners don’t want any surprises, said Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani.
“There are three inquires and two investigations against Zardari,” said the NAB official. However, we can’t disclose the details of the cases in which summonses haven’t been issued so far, he replied.
Zardari’s counsel Farooq H Naek suggested that the court give NAB till April 30. “Don’t you want to observe Labour Day on May 1?” asked Justice Farooq to the laughter of the court’s occupants.
Justice Farooq also objected to Zardari’s arrival at the court along with his supporters.
Earlier when Zardari was on his way to court, he snatched a mobile phone from a journalist who was filming him. However, he later returned it. In the courtroom, a female lawyer was penalised for taking a selfie with the former president and her phone was confiscated.
The PPP leaders obtained 10-day protective bail from the Sindh High Court on March 19. Their bail expired on March 29. Later, the Islamabad High Court extended their bail till April 10.
Zardari and Talpur are among 170 others whose names emerged in an FIA report on the fake accounts case. On January 7, the Supreme Court sent the fake accounts case to NAB and told it to wrap up the investigation in two months. The matter was taken up by the court over the delay in a 2015 FIA investigation into money laundering via fake bank accounts.
The case is being investigated by NAB Rawalpindi. The anti-graft watchdog has so far filed four references against the former president and his close aides in the fake accounts case.