Islamabad: An accountability court in Islamabad has decided to indict former president Asif Ali Zardari via video link on July 6 in the Park Lane reference. It is a part of the fake accounts cases against the PPP leader.
The court had initially decided to indict him on June 26 but the date was deferred as the PPP co-chairperson could not appear in court on Friday.
Zardari filed for an exemption from appearance. His lawyer, Farooq H Naek, said that it is difficult for him to travel from Karachi to Islamabad. He is old and vulnerable to the coronavirus, he argued.
“But you Mr Naek, have come to court too,” remarked Judge Azam Khan. “Do you not fear for your life? If you are coming then you bring Zardari too.” He then asked if Zardari was admitted in a hospital.
Zardari is at his home in Karachi, the judge was told. His doctors have advised him to not travel.
The court asked if they can indict Zardari via video link. Judge Khan remarked that if Zardari can’t appear in person then he should appoint a person to appear for his indictment on his behalf.
Naek, however, said that they aren’t afraid of the trial but don’t want the investigation to be done in haste.
“There is no haste in this. This case has been ongoing for a long time now,” said Judge Khan.
The court ordered Zardari’s indictment via video link. Naek was directed to ensure that Zardari is there at the Registrar Office in Karachi to which, the lawyer said the government has advised people above 60 years to stay at home.
“Then make sure Zardari marks his appearance via video link from his house,” the judge said.