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Accountability Court extends Zardari, Talpur’s physical remand till August 8

Accountability Court extends Zardari, Talpur’s physical remand till August 8

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Monday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) 10-day physical remand of both former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.

Announcing the verdict, Judge Mohammad Bashir ordered that Zardari and Talpur be presented before the court on August 8.

Earlier, Zardari was brought to the court by a team of the accountability bureau. Senior party leaders including Raza Rabbani, Farhatullah Babar and Rehman Malik were also present in the court.

During the court proceedings, NAB had requested 10-day physical remand of the PPP co-chairman and five-day physical remand of Talpur.

Zardari’s counsel Farooq H Naek requested the court it would be better if the two were presented in the court the same day.

Speaking to the media representatives later, the former president said he would attend Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s million march against the government from the prison. “Those who talk about corruption should arrest Hafeez Sheikh,” said Zardari.

In June this year, Zardari was arrested by NAB after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) recalled the pre-arrest bail granted to him and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case.

The co-chairman of the PPP was taken into NAB custody from his residence in the federal capital and was taken to the NAB Rawalpindi office.