IHC seeks NAB reply on Zardari’s plea against AC jurisdiction

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday sought comments from National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on petitions of former president Asif Ali Zardari challenging the accountability court’s jurisdiction in Park Lane Company and mega money laundering references.

The former president also prayed the Islamabad High Court bench to issue stay order in the trial against him pertaining to fake accounts references in accountability courts.

A division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Ghulam Azam Qambrani conducted hearing in such case.

At the outset of hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer Farouk H. Naek contended that the NAB had no authority to conduct trial in above references as the fake accounts was a subject which fell in jurisdiction of banking courts.

Earlier, the accountability court had dismissed his petitions against the trial and the former president had challenged its judgment before IHC’s bench.

The petitioner prayed the court to dismiss the Park Lane and mega money laundering references or sent the same to chairman NAB for exclusion of Asif Ali Zardari’s names from accused lists.

Farouk H. Naek informed the court that Park Lane company’s loan case was also pending with a banking court. He prayed the court to stop the trial in accountability court till judgment of the banking court. – APP