Pakistan’s accountability bureau arrested on Friday MPA Faryal Talpur. She was being investigated in a corruption case.
A team has been summoned to conduct her medical examination. NAB is expected to seek her remand from an accountability court on Saturday.
The arrest warrants were issued by NAB chairperson Javed Iqbal on Thursday night.
It is being reported that she has been placed under house arrest. She was living at her residence in Islamabad’s F-8 and it has now been declared as a sub-jail. Some analysts suggest that she has been placed under house arrest because of NAB’s recent policy to not arrest women named in corruption references. The bureau had instead decided to send questionnaires to the women they wanted to investigate. Keeping in line with this policy, questionnaires were sent to the wife and daughters of PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif.
On June 10, NAB had arrested Faryal’s brother Asif Ali Zardari in a money laundering case after the Islamabad High Court had rejected their bail in the case.
The FIR for the case was filed in Karachi. A banking court was hearing it but it was transferred to NAB Islamabad after the Supreme Court handed over the fake accounts case. The investigation is still in the inquiry stage. It pertains to NAB’s claims that a company owned by Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur, received Rs30 million of Rs4.4 billion in suspicious transactions carried out through fake accounts.
‘Blackmail tactics won’t work’
You can all see the pressures the government is putting on NAB to detain its political opponents, says PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
These blackmail tactics won’t work, he said. The PPP chairperson was speaking at a press conference held after the arrest of his aunt, Faryal Talpur.
On June 10, NAB had arrested Bilawal’s father Asif Ali Zardari in a money laundering case after the Islamabad High Court had rejected his bail in the case.
Reacting to the twin arrests, Bilawal said Zardari was arrested on the day of the unveiling of the Economic Survey and Faryal Talpur on budget day. This is political engineering, he said.
“Khan sb spoke of justice, but since his government has come into power, we feel that there is not one, but to Pakistans,” said Bilawal.
Our economy is being destroyed and politicians targeted. Our media is not free. Pressure is being put on the judiciary. Honourable judges are being removed through conspiracies. MNAs are being censored in the National Assembly. This is a cowardly government. Imran Khan is a coward, he said.