A banking court extended on Monday the interim bail granted to former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the case pertaining to money laundering of Rs35 billion through fake accounts.

The siblings appeared before the court as their bail ends today. During the hearing today, the duo requested the banking court to extend their interim bail. Accepting their application, the court extended their bail till December 21, local media reported.

The banking court has extended the interim bail of the siblings several times. On November 13, the banking court had extended the bail of Zardari and Talpur as their previous bail ended.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is investigating several people in the fake accounts case. The list includes Omni Group Chairman Anwar Majeed, his sons Abdul Ghani Majeed and Nimr Majeed and Pakistan Stock Exchange Chairman Hussain Lawai. The FIA has already arrested Anwar, Abdul Ghani and Lawai, who are in custody for interrogation.

On the other hand, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned the former president and his son, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, on December 13. PPP leader Farhatullah Babar has also confirmed that Bilawal had received the anti-graft body's notice.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2018