Zardari challenges NAB call-up notice in SHC

KARACHI, March 19 (INP): Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday challenged a call-up notice issued to him and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with the Park Lane Estate case.

A high court bench is likely to take up the petition filed by the PPP leader later today.

NAB had earlier on March 16 summoned the father-son duo to appear on March 20 for questioning with regard to an inquiry against them in the wake of allegations that Park Lane Estate Company (Pvt) Ltd was behind the illegal transfer of forest land to the firm in collusion with government officials.

According to a NAB spokesperson, Zardari and Bilwal have a stake of 25 percent in Park Lane Estate Company – a Karachi based real estate firm. Zardari, in his petition, pleaded to the high court to set aside the NAB call-up notice, contending that the corruption watchdog has no mandate to interfere in a matter involving two private firms. The petitioner requested the bench to restrain NAB from arresting him in the case. It is pertinent to mention here that a banking court in Karachi last week transferred a money laundering case against the PPP leader and his sister Faryal Talpur to Islamabad on an application of the bureau. INP/AK