ISLAMABAD: An accountability court has set a date for indictment of former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in a graft reference involving suspicious transactions worth over Rs8 billion.
The court issued a written order, directing Zardari to turn up on September 29 for his indictment in the reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Mushtaq Ahmed, the former presidents alleged frontman, has been declared as a fugitive in the case due to his perpetual absence from the proceedings. The court will hear his case separately.
According to the reference, Zardari is accused of carrying out transactions worth over Rs8 billion using fake accounts. His aide Mushtaq Ahmed deposited the amount in a fake account, which was later used to purchase pricey properties in a posh locality of Karachi. Ahmed served as a stenographer at Aiwan-e-Sadar from 2009 till 2013.
Moonis Elahi meets Bilawal Bhutto
Federal Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi called on the Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari here at Zardari House on Sunday afternoon in Islamabad.
Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari enquired about the health of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and expressed his best regards to Chuadhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Parvez Elahi.
Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chaudhry Moonis Elahi discussed the overall political situation in the country.
They also discussed the country’s water distribution system among provinces and the issue of historic water shortage in Sindh. Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar was also during the meeting.
According to a statement issued by the PPP, the two leaders discussed the country’s overall political situation as well as the issue of water shortage in Sindh. PPP’s Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar was also present during the meeting.
Bilawal inquired after the health of Moonis’ father, Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, and expressed best wishes for him.
PPP Central Punjab General Secretary Hasan Murtaza said it was a scheduled meeting for which time was sought in advance.
This was the third meeting between the top leadership of PPP, an opposition party, and the PML-Q, a coalition partner of the ruling PTI in Centre and in Punjab in the past six months.
The first was in March, when Bilawal met the Chaudhry brothers of the PML-Q at their residence in Lahore. Later in June, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi met with PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari at his residence in Lahore.
The PPP had even supported the PML-Q Senate candidates in Punjab — a move that speaks of the warmth between the two sides.
However, PML-Q leader amd Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema has in categorical terms denied the impression that any understanding to form a future alliance with the PPP had been reached.
Interestingly, he also denied knowledge of Moonis’ meeting with Bilawal.
He said the meetings between the leaders of the PPP and PML-Q should not be misconstrued in any way.
“The PML-Q is a coalition partner of the PTI and that is the existing reality. What the future beholds, no one knows,” he added.