ISLAMABAD: A team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials reached Zardari House in Islamabad on Monday to arrest former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari,
The NAB team’s arrival at Zardari House came hours after a Islamabad High Court bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani rejected a plea by Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur seeking an extension in their interim bail in the fake bank accounts case.
Issuing its orders, the High Court permitted National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities to carry out arrest of Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur.
Zardari and Talpur now have the option of appealing the order in the Supreme Court.
The case relates to transactions of hundreds of millions of rupees to the two leaders’ private companies allegedly through fake bank accounts.
Earlier, a team of NAB officials reached Parliament House to inform the National Assembly Speaker of Asif Ali Zardari’s arrest warrants.
Informed sources told Geo News that the Bureau is likely to carry out the arrest of the two PPP leaders today.
A large number of police and NAB officials were gathered outside the Zardari House in the federal capital.
Sources told Geo News that police has sealed off all routes leading to and from Zardari House in measures likely to ensure the arrest of the PPP leader.
According to sources, Asif Ali Zardari has called Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla’s car to Zardari House. The former president wants to present himself for arrest at Parliament, the sources said.
Sources further informed Geo News that NAB is expected take Asif Ali Zardari into custody and keep him in the Bureau’s lockup. It is expected that NAB will not take Faryal Talpur into custody.
“Zardari has presented himself before NAB on every occasion and has not used delaying tactics. NAB should have appreciated this and there was no need for an arrest,” leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif said in Parliament.
Shehbaz Sharif requested that the NA speaker issue production orders for Asif Ali Zardari.