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Fake accounts: Bilawal, Zardari want 10 days to submit replies

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Top leaders of the PPP want NAB to give them till April 17 to submit their replies in a money laundering case.

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and his father former president Asif Ali Zardari have written a letter to NAB’s Rawalpindi office for more time in the fake bank accounts case.

NAB said it received a letter from the PPP leaders’ lawyers on Sunday. They want two more weeks to submit their replies to questionnaires handed to them by NAB’s investigation teams last month.

On March 20, Bilawal and his father appeared before NAB interrogators at their regional office in Islamabad. They were investigated for possession of bullet-proof vehicles and in the Park Lane case. They were grilled for an hour and a half by two separate combined investigation teams.

Related: Bilawal and Asif Zardari leave NAB office in Islamabad after hour-long interrogation

The interrogators gave them questionnaires after recording their statements. They were asked to return them within 10 days. That 10-day deadline passed on March 30.

It is not clear yet whether the anti-corruption watchdog has granted their request. NAB suspects that vehicles and the land for the Park Lane firm were purchased through the fake accounts.

Zardari and Bilawal own the Park Lane Estate company, which is a Karachi-based real estate firm. The anti-graft watchdog had initiated an inquiry against them on the charges that they illegally transferred forest land to the firm in collusion with some Sindh government officials.

NAB said it will file six corruption references in the fake accounts case. One of them is ready, said the NAB’s executive board. The bureau said it will decide about filing the references once it receives their reply.

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