Former President Asif Ali Zardari lands in trouble
An accountability court in the federal capital, Islamabad, took action on Wednesday, summoning former president Asif Ali Zardari and others in connection with the Thatta Water Supply project. Accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir presided over the proceedings and issued notices for the former president and other individuals to appear before the Islamabad bureau on December 18.
Earlier in January, a different accountability court in the federal capital had sent back a corruption reference against former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Accountability court Judge Rana Nasir Javed delivered the verdict after considering arguments from both sides. The judge ruled that the corruption reference did not fall under the jurisdiction of the accountability court due to amendments in the NAB laws.
It's worth noting that the anti-graft body had implicated Asif Ali Zardari, Ejaz Ahmed Khan, and 12 other suspects in a supplementary filing related to the Thatta water supply scam. Notably, Zardari was not initially nominated in the interim reference, and the interim reference did not include Ashfaq Leghari and Incharge Naudero House Nadeem Bhutto.