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January 21, 2021

Zardari references: IHC annoyed with NAB investigators

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January 21, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday served notices to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on a petition of former president Asif Ali Zardari challenging NAB jurisdiction for filing supplementary references.

A division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri heard the petition of former president and PPP’s Co-chairman Asif Zardari. The bench expressed strong annoyance over the modus operandi of the Investigation Officers (IOs) of NAB.

The NAB had moved supplementary references in three cases against Zardari including Park lane, mega money laundering and Thatta Water Supply scheme. Zardari’s lawyer Farouk H Naek appeared before the court and said the NAB had filed supplementary references in three graft cases. He claimed that the anti-graft body had no authority to file supplementary reference under Section 18 of NAB Ordinance.

He further contended that in criminal cases, it was permitted to file supplementary challan after the interim case challan. NAB law didn’t mention supplementary and interim references, he pleaded. The court served notices to NAB and sought comments till February 17.