The fake bank accounts case, involving the senior leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party, was adjourned by an accountability court till October 22.
Judge Mohammad Bashir, presiding the hearing, said the indictment process will be started after a copy of the reference is provided to all the accused by the accountability watchdog. “A system needs to be devised, otherwise how will the case proceed,” said the judge.
The judicial remand of former president Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh lawmaker Faryal Talpur was also extended till October 22. The court also inquired about Omni Group owner Anwar Majeed, who was not present in the hearing Friday. “What should we do about Anwar Majeed? He is not in Islamabad due of his illness. What will be his legal status?” asked Judge Bashir. The court was then informed that an exemption from appearance application had already been submitted.
PPP’s top leadership, Omni Group’s Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairperson Hussain Lawai, Summit Bank Senior Vice-President Taha Raza are among those being investigated in cases related to the fake accounts scandal.
During Friday’s court appeareance, Zardari also met members of his family.
Zardari and PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari discussed the country’s political situation including Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fs call of ‘Azadi March’ in Islamabad on October 27.