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Either NAB runs or the economy does: Asif Zardari

April 29, 2019
Hearing in fake accounts case adjourned till May 9

Former president Asif Ali Zardari has said that either NAB runs or the economy does, but both can't function together. 

He spoke to the media outside an accountability court in Islamabad on Monday after a hearing of the fake accounts case.

When asked whether he thinks the incumbent government will be able to complete its five-year tenure, he replied with a "God forbid".

Zardari also confirmed that he would be joining Maulana Fazlur Rehman's opposition alliance. Commenting on Nawaz Sharif wanting to leave the country for medical treatment, the former president said if he needs to go, he should go.

Related: Zardari tells NAB he knows nothing about the fake accounts

Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur appeared before Judge Arshad Malik at the accountability court for the hearing, which was adjourned till May 9. Investigation officer Muhammad Ali Abro presented the case records and informed the court that NAB was not able to present four suspects before the court. There was no reply from Sindh's chief secretary, despite the notice sent to him.

Two other suspects, Nasir Abdullah and Azam Nazir, were not present in court as both are abroad, the investigation officer said, adding that a third suspect, Iqbal Arain, had passed away.

Another suspect has asked the court to let him become a witness for the prosecution

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