Islamabad: An Islamabad accountability court has decided to indict former president Asif Ali Zardari in the Park Lane reference on Monday (August 10).
His objections to the case have been rejected. Judge Azam Khan said that the Park Lane reference falls within NAB’s jurisdiction, rejecting Zardari’s claim that it should be heard by a banking court.
The PPP co-chairperson first filed two petitions against the case and then a third petition to withdraw the first. All three have been rejected.
NAB has been directed to make the arrangements to indict the former president via video link. The bureau has said that after Zardari is indicted, the prosecution will bring forward 61 witnesses against him.
The bureau has accused Zardari of misusing his authority as the country’s former president and approving loans for companies allegedly owned by him. He is accused of causing a Rs4 billion loss to the national exchequer.
Zardari, however, had challenged NAB’s jurisdiction in the case. He said that the case falls within the ambit of the banking ordinance and must be heard by banking courts.