Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairperson and former president Asif Ali Zardari claimed on Thursday that his party will form the next government in the country.

Talking to media after appearing before an accountability court in Islamabad, he said that the “next turn” to form a government in the country will be of the PPP.

Replying to a question about the duration of the accountability process, Zardari said, “the process will continue till the country’s economy does not come down further.”

ACQUITTAL PLEA: Earlier, the former president appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad and filed an acquittal plea in a Rs8 billion suspicious transactions case.

His counsel Farooq H Naek argued that Zardari could not be indicted in the case after the new NAB ordinance.

“No allegation about harming the national exchequer has been leveled against my client in the case,” he said, adding that the case did not come under corruption and corrupt practices.

Hence, the accountability court has no jurisdiction to hear the case, argued his counsel.

He said that an allegation relating to Rs150 million worth of registered sale deeds has been leveled against his client and, as per the case, the amount was paid through bank cheques.

He said that the bank cheques did not belong to Asif Ali Zardari.

“First of all, tell me whether this petition is admissible or not?” asked the judge.

The lawyer pleaded with the court to issue a notice to the NAB and seek its reply and said he would then give his arguments on it.

Meanwhile, the judge reserved the verdict over the admissibility of the petition and said that he would announce his decision shortly.


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