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NAB seeks Faryal Talpur's physical remand from Islamabad's accountability court

NAB seeks Faryal Talpur's physical remand from Islamabad's accountability court

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday presented PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari's sister Faryal Talpur in front of an Islamabad accountability court to seek her physical remand.

On Friday, Talpur was arrested by NAB officials in Islamabad in connection with a case pertaining to money laundering through fake accounts.

A five-member NAB team including female investigators had reached Zardari House, Islamabad, which was notified as a sub-jail by the NAB chairman earlier today "for the purposes of detention of accused under the NAO, 1999", according to a notification issued by the accountability watchdog.

Today, when Talpur left her residence female PPP workers including Shagufta Jumani, Mehreen Bhutto and Senator Krishna Kumari saw her off. Farhatullah Babar also reached Zardari House.

Talpur was transferred to the accountability court amid tight security; an armoured vehicle was also part of the security detail.

When the armoured vehicle reached Zardari House, PPP workers chanted slogans of "shame" and said, "these people are afraid of a woman."

Once the physical remand is procured, NAB is expected to transfer Talpur back to Zardari House.

PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari was arrested on Monday after cancellation of his and Talpur's pre-arrest bail by the Islamabad High Court in the fake bank accounts case, prompting a strong reaction from the opposition and sporadic protests by PPP workers in various parts of the country, mostly in Sindh.

The NAB said the grounds for arresting Zardari included whitening ill-gotten money through fake accounts, acquiring stakes in Summit Bank through fraudulent means, using Omni Group as a hedge between himself and fake accounts, receiving millions of rupees from two fake accounts, and getting unauthorised payments released for construction of a Karachi plot.

Zardari is currently on physical remand in NAB custody. NAB sources told DawnNewsTV that investigators, after their questioning of Zardari, had concluded that Talpur's arrest was "unavoidable".

Zardari spent 11 years in jail on corruption and murder charges before becoming president in 2008. But he was never convicted and has continued to deny any wrongdoing.

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