ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau yesterday approached the Islamabad High Court against former president Asif Ali Zardari’s acquittal in two corruption references by an Accountability Court.

 Additional Deputy Prosecutor General (ADPG) NAB Chaudhry Riaz submitted the appeal in IHC against Asif Zardari’s acquittal in the SGS and Cotecna corruption cases by an accountability court.

However, Registrar of the High Court returned the petition after raising some objections over it. The Registrar office said that the copies of documents submitted it the petition were not clear and directed the prosecutor to provide clear copies of the documents.

The NAB in its appeal pleaded that the trial court decided the case in haste and Zardari was involved in both cases including SGS and Cotecna corruption. Now, it is likely that the NAB would resubmit the appeal after removing the objections on Thursday (today).

 Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari was acquitted by a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court in the SGS and Cotecna corruption references on November 24.

SGS-Cotecna reference pertains to the award of pre-shipment contracts in which the accused had allegedly received six per cent kickback.

The court said the former Federal Board of Revenue chairman AR Siddiqui had already been acquitted in the case and questioned prolonging the case against co-accused Asif Zardari.

The NAB court said the accountability body was unable to provide solid evidence and that the documents presented in court were incomplete and in the form of photocopies rather than original documents.

Asif Zardari had filed applications with the accountability court Islamabad seeking acquittal in the SGS and Cotecna corruption cases in Feb 2015.