Zardari’s bail extended in money laundering case

Zardari’s bail extended in money laundering case
In this file photo, former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari waves as he leaves the Presidential Palace after his farewell ceremony in Islamabad on Sept. 8, 2013. (AFP)
Updated 21 December 2018

Zardari’s bail extended in money laundering case

Zardari’s bail extended in money laundering case
  • Pakistan’s ruling party had sought his disqualification from office for concealing his foreign property from tax authorities
  • Former president denies any wrongdoing

KARACHI: A Pakistani court has extended temporary bail for former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister in a multimillion-dollar money laundering case amid increasing political turmoil.
Zardari, currently a member of the lower house of Parliament, and his sister Faryal Talpur, who is also a politician, are accused of having dozens of bogus bank accounts. Their bail was extended until January 7.
Friday’s development comes a day after the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party submitted a petition to the elections oversight body seeking Zardari’s disqualification from office for concealing his foreign property from tax authorities.
Zardari has denied any wrongdoing.
Zardari’s opposition Pakistan People’s Party has also said it will seek Prime Minister Imran Khan’s disqualification for concealing his assets.