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PPP to form next govt: Zardari

ISLAMABAD: Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari claimed on Thursday that PPP would form the next government at Centre.

While talking to the media after appearing in an accountability court (AC) in Islamabad, he said it was his opinion that this government was ‘incompetent’ from the word go.

“Five drafts had been prepared at the time of granting extension to the Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa,” he said, adding he had no idea what decision the government would take on the issue.

Zardari added that “The process of accountability process will continue until the country’s economy dips further.”

Meanwhile, the accountability court (AC) on Thursday reserved its verdict on the admissibility of a petition for hearing filed by former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for acquittal in a corruption case. 

During the initial hearing, Farooq H. Naek, counsel for the former president, said since there was no allegation of causing loss to the national exchequer in this particular case, therefore, the court was prayed to first decide on his client’s request for acquittal.  

NAB’s prosecutor, however, said that the bureau was ready to submit its reply in the case if the court-ordered.

Judge Asghar Ali remarked that first of all the court had to decide whether the case was admissible for hearing.

Farooq H. Naek claimed that the case did not fall in the category of corrupt practices. “I pray to the court to issue a notice to the NAB to submit its reply in the case,” he added.

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