ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in Islamabad and is due to attend proceedings in an accountability court today for five NAB references against him.
Zardari had earlier missed three hearings, citing security threats. Former interior minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Rehman Malik confirmed that Zardari has arrived in the city. “We [PPP] have always faced victimisation,” he said, adding that the party members will stand and face any charge against them. “Jails and handcuffs are not a big deal for the People’s Party,” Malik stated.
He said they will wait and see if the court decides to call Zardari alone or chooses to hear others as well. The court had earlier decided to indict Zardari on December 9 in four graft references out of five pending against him. Sindh home secretary on Wednesday forwarded a letter to the federal secretary in which he confirmed that Zardari will appear before the Accountability Court Islamabad on January 9 (today) to face five references of corruption filed against him 17 years ago.
In his letters to Interior Secretary Shahid Khan and Inspector General of Islamabad Police Sikandar Hayat, the Sindh home secretary sought adequate security for Zardari during the hearing of the references. He demanded a bullet-proof vehicle and a bomb disposal squad for Zardari, who is also the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party.
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