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Court Defers Asif Zardari’s Indictment in Polo Ground Case

Islamabad: The accountability court on Monday deferred the incitement of former president Asif Zardari due to his absence.

Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir heard the case pertaining to five National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against the former president, who failed to appear before court despite court order.

The court later adjourned the hearing of case till January 9.

During the hearing today, Zardari’s counsel Farooq H Naek informed court that his client is facing security concerns that’s why he could not appear before the court.

Naek said according to court’s instruction, a letter had been written to federal government for the security of Zardari, but it has not yet responded to the request.

Speaking to media after hearing, Farooq H Naek, Zardari couldn’t appear before court until foolproof security is provided. He said all the cases against his client are baseless and Zardari has served more than eight years behind the bars in these cases.

Naek said the government had also failed to provide adequate security to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto which resulted in her assassination.

58-year-old Zardari’s constitutional immunity as head of state kept the cases against him pending for five years.

Taking suo moto notice, accountability court had reopened five NAB references – including SGS, Cotecna, ARY, polo ground and Ursus tractors against Zardari, stating his immunity to trial concluded with him stepping down from the presidency.

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