ISLAMABAD: The Accountability Court (AC) on Thursday summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari and other accused in the Park Lane case to appear before the court on December 20.
Accountability Court judge Mohammed Bashir, while hearing the case, issued summons to Zardari and other defendants to appear before him on December 20 in the case involving allegations of money laundering and abuse of power in the Park Lane reference.
During the hearing, defense lawyer Arshad Tabrez said Zardari was not the manager of Park Lane when the agreement was signed.
The judge said, “He is making a notification now.”
The judge said, “You can make your defense at the next hearing.”
The same court, like other cases filed against Zardari, had sent them back to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) due to changes made by the previous coalition government in the NAB law.
However, following the Supreme Court’s decision that the apex court annulled the amendments made to the NAB liability law.
He applied to the Accountability Court to reopen 81 corruption cases.
The bench has filed an application with the Accountability Court to reopen 81 corruption references, including corruption cases of former president Asif Ali Zardari, former prime ministers, Nawaz Sharif, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani and Raja Parvez Ashraf, among other high-profile individuals.
The Court of Accountability indicted the former president and others in 2022 in a case involving allegations of money laundering and abuse of power in the Park Lane reference.
In the additional reference filed in connection with the Park Lane case, those nominated by NAB include Zardari, Muhammad Iqbal Memon, director Park Lane Company, M/s Park Lane Estate (Private) Limited, Muhammad Iqbal Khan Noori director M/. s Parthenon (Pvt) Ltd, Muhammad Hanif Accountant M/s Park Lane Estate, M/s Parthenon (Pvt) Limited, a legal entity carrying certificate of incorporation under the provisions of the Companies Ordinance, 1984 and Hussain Lawai, former chairman Arif Habib Bank and Summit Bank.
Other defendants include Abdul Ghani Majid, shareholder/director Regent Service (Pvt) Ltd, multiple companies known as Omni Group, Khawaja Anwar Majid shareholder director Omni Group, Taha Raza public relations manager Arif Habib Bank (now Summit Bank), Farooq Abdullah regional branch manager HBL. , Uzair Naeem ex AVP Summit Bank, via M/s Tracom (Pvt) Ltd, GM South –
legal entity carrying certificate of incorporation under the provisions of the office of the company, Muhammad Saleem Faisal General Manager (GM) M/s Tracom (Pvt) Limited and Zahir Ismail.
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