New York property case Zardari gets 15-day bail from IHC

Staff Reporter

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday granted 15-day protective bail to former president and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari in the New York property case.

The IHC conducted the hearing of Asif Ali Zard-ari’s bail plea in a case related to the National Ac-countability Bureau (NAB) investigation into the New York property of the former president. During the hearing, the NAB amendment ordinance 1 and 2 were presented to the high court.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked, “The fourth NAB amendment ordinance has arrived so far or not.”

To this, the NAB prosecutor said that the third ordinance has arrived. The attorney general said that the accountability court has to grant bail under the new ordinance.

Justice Aamer Farooq questioned whether the ac-cused could move to the high court for getting pre-arrest or post-arrest bails.

The attorney general said that the NAB court has powers to grant pre-arrest or post-arrest bail. The attorney general added that the NAB ordinance was only introduced in the National Assembly.

IHC CJ Justice Athar Minallah remarked that it is mandatory to present the ordinance in both houses of the Parliament under Article 89 of the Constitu-tion.

Later, the high court extended interim bail of Asif Ali Zardari for 15 days besides ordering him to secure the bail from the concerned court.

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