An anti-corruption court docket in Pakistan on Monday indicted former president Asif Ali Zardari within the Park Lane and Thatta Water Provide instances. Zardari, 63, the co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Occasion (PPP), was current within the Islamabad-based court docket and pleaded not responsible.
Throughout the listening to, the court docket indicted 19 others accused within the Park Lane case and 15 others within the Thatta water provide case.
The court docket final week had indicted Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur in a mega cash laundering case.
Within the Park Lane case, Zardari and his son Bilawal Ali Zardari are accused of buying 2,460 kanals of prime property in Islamabad at extraordinarily depreciated charges utilizing frontmen.
Within the Thatta water provide case, a personal contractor was illegaly awarded venture contracts. Within the cash laundering case, it’s alleged pretend accounts have been utilized by the previous president and different accused to park and launder ill-gotten wealth.
The court docket has rejected Zardari’s plea in search of acquittal in all three instances.
The husband of the nation’s first lady prime minister Benazir Bhutto was arrested final 12 months by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau and probed for months earlier than being launched in December on medical grounds.
Zardari has maintained the allegations towards him are a vilification marketing campaign by Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) celebration.