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Asif Zardari, Faryal challenge transfer of case to Islamabad in SHC

Asif Zardari, Faryal challenge transfer of case to Islamabad in SHC

KARACHI: Co Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party & former president Asif Ali and his sister Faryal Talpur have approached the Sindh High Court on Saturday and challenged banking court order in which court had transferred mega money laundering case from banking court to Islamabad NAB court.

On March 16, 2019, both leaders approached SHC along with their counsel Farooq H Naik and filed criminal review petitions.

Farooq H Naik stated in criminal review petitions that on Feb 13, 2019 the Chairman NAB filed an application under section 16A of the NAO, 1999 before the banking court for transfer of FIR bearing no 04 of 2018, inter-alia stating that the supreme court in its order dated Jan 07, 2019 has issued directions for the transfer of this instant FIR bearing no 04 of 2018.

Counsel further argued that the applicants filed objections against chairman NAB for the transfer of this court stating therein that the application filed by the chairman NAB for transfer of this case is based on mis-reading and non-reading of supreme court judgment dated Jan 07, 2019 passed in HRC No 3912-G and that no order for the transfer of the instant FIR no 04 of 2018 has been passed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Farooq H Naik also argued that impugned order dated March 15, 2019 passed by the banking court is based on and contrary to law applicable thereon and judgments of the superior courts in the matter.

Citing chairman NAB, banking court and federation as respondents, they pleaded court to declare that impugned judgment as unlawful, illegal and without jurisdiction and set-aside the impugned order may be transfer to banking court

Petitioners also pleaded the court that court may suspend/stay the operation of that order and call for record and proceedings of this FIR from the banking court.