Pakistan's former President Asif Ali Zardari sent an accountability court here on Tuesday for a 10-day remand. One day earlier he was arrested in the case of tax evasion of several million dollars. After his bail plea was rejected in the Islamabad High Court, the Pakistan National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team arrested the PPP's co-chairman. Zardari (63) and his sister have been accused of using fake bank accounts to send illegal money out of Pakistan.
According to NAB officials, both of them had lent money of Rs 15 crore through these alleged fake bank accounts. NAB, the anti-corruption watchdog, which was investigating the fake bank account case, issued warrants for her arrest on Sunday. A team of Accountability Bureau had presented Zardari in court on Friday. During the court proceedings, the NAB requested a 14-day remand of Zardari from the court, whose lawyer Farooq H. Naik opposed it.
NAB counsel Muzaffar Abbasi told the court that these fake bank accounts were opened with the collusion of bank officials. Abbasi told that Zardari has been arrested and his remand is necessary for investigation. Zardari demanded more facilities in the NAB prison. He also requested for a helper and medical facility for himself. According to news of Geo TV, the court has directed Zardari to appear on June 21. Around 500 policemen were deployed around the federal capital for security purposes.
300 policemen were deployed outside the NAB headquarters while the roads leading to the Accountability Court were closed for all types of traffic. Prior to Zardari's arrival, a three-member team of doctors conducted a medical examination of the former president. According to NAB sources, Zardari was physically fit to be taken into custody. This report was presented in the Courtroom of the Judge of the Accountability Court. Zardari was the 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013. They have denied any connection with these fake accounts.