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Interim pre-arrest bail of Zardari, Faryal extended till Jan 23

KARACHI: A local court on Monday extended the pre-arrest interim bail of former President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur till January 23, 2019 in, the fake bank accounts and money laundering case.

The PPP co-chairman and his sister appeared before a banking court in Karachi as their interim bail granted by the court was expiring today.

On December 21, the court had extended their bail till January 7 in the cases.

Zardair’s counsel pleaded the court to extend the bail of their client, as the agency has not yet submitted challan in the case.

The court accepted the plea and extended the bail till January 23, 2019.

During the last hearing, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had informed the court that a joint investigation team (JIT) probing the case had submitted its report in the Supreme Court and a decision was yet to be made. However, Zardari’s counsel Farooq H Naek had pointed out that till a final challan is not submitted there can be no headway in the case.

The FIA has not yet submitted a final challan in the case in the court.

The agency is investigating some 32 people in relation to money laundering from fake banks accounts. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.

The former president’s other close aides and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed were arrested by FIA in August.

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