NAB summons Asif’s
political secretary in
money laundering case


ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned Rukhsana Bangash, the   political secretary of the former President Asif Ali Zardari in Money laundering case and directed her to appear before probe team along with detail records in this regard.

The NAB Rawalpindi Bureau has directed the Bangash to appear before NAB investigation team on October 19th along with details of her international and national bank accounts for recording her statement in this case. According to the NAB, Bangash had purchased $284,000 from the open market and transferred $343,000 abroad.

Bangash has served Zardari as a political secretary since 1990s. However, she came into the limelight after 2008 when Zardari became the president of Pakistan. Zardari was summoned by various accountability courts in NAB cases. Bangash has accompanied him on almost every court appearance over the years.

Rukhsana Bangash

The NAB approved a probe against her in 2002 after first deciding to interrogate her in the fake accounts case in 2019.

Earlier, an Accountability Court (AC) on Thursday (14th October) rejected a petition of former President Asif Ali Zardari seeking his acquittal under new NAB Ordinance in a reference pertaining to suspicious transaction worth Rs. 8 billions.

AC-III Judge Syed Asghar Ali announced the judgment after listening arguments from both sides regarding admissibility of the petition. The former president Asif Ali Zardari appeared before the court.

During the course of proceeding, his lawyer Farooq H. Naek requested the judge to first take a decision on acquittal plea of his client.

He adopted the stance that the transaction worth Rs8 billion was a private deal and it didn’t fall in jurisdiction of NAB court under new Ordinance.

The lawyer said there was no allegation of misuse of powers or illegal receiving of money against his client in the reference. He prayed the court to sought comments from National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on acquittal pleas.

After listening arguments from respondents, the court subsequently dismissed the acquittal plea of Asif Zardari.

Meanwhile, AC-II Judge Muhammad Azam Khan adjourned hearing till October 22, in mega money laundering reference against Asif Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and others.

Asif Ali Zardari

The court granted one-day exemption from hearing to Faryal Talpur and Hussain Lawai. The defence lawyer requested the court to grant time for cross examination with prosecution witness which was allowed by the judge.