Faryal’s plea for access to bank accounts rejected

By Shakeel Ahmed

ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad accountability court has turned down PPP leader Faryal Talpur’s plea to unfreeze her bank accounts which were previously frozen in the fake bank accounts and money laundering case.
Announcing the reserve verdict, Judge Azam Khan ordered to keep Talpur bank accounts freeze, while directed to unfreeze accounts of her children.
On March 10, an accountability court had reserved verdict on PPP leader Faryal Talpur’s petition seeking restoration of her bank accounts.
During the hearing, the plaintiff’s lawyer Farooq H. Naek had stated that freezing bank accounts of her client, before the approval of inquiry is against the law.
Opposing the plea, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor had said that transactions of billions of rupees were conducted from the bank accounts of the accused. Faryal’s plea is not on merit, he continued.
“The bank accounts were freeze as per the law.”
On December 17, last year, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had approved the interim bail of Faryal Talpur in fake bank accounts case.
A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court (IHC), Justice Athar Minallah, had approved interim bail to Faryal Talpur while announcing its verdict. The petitioner was directed to submit Rs10 million surety bond by the IHC.
Judge Azam Khan heard the case on Tuesday. The PPP leader had approached the court after her release on bail, asking it to unfreeze her bank accounts of her children. During the hearing, NAB opposed Talpur’s appeal. After hearing the arguments of both the parties, the court ordered the restoration of the accounts of Talpur’s children but denied doing so for her.