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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday fixed hearing into National Accountability Bureau (NAB) plea challenging former president Asif Ali Zardari’s acquittal in Polo Ground and Ursus Tractors corruption references.
The IHC after three years fixed two out of four NAB’s pleas against Zardari’s acquittal by Islamabad’s accountability court.
A two member bench of the Islamabad High Court presided over by Chief Justice of the IHC Athar Minallah and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb will take up the plea on April 18.
Zardari was acquitted on May 28, 2014 in the Polo Ground reference.
The reference filed in 2000 alleged that the polo ground at the Prime Minister House was constructed during the second tenure of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on the verbal orders of her husband Asif Ali Zardari to CDA chairmen Saeed Mehdi and Shafi Sehwani at an estimated cost of Rs52.29 million.
The NAB in the reference nominated the two former Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairmen as the principal accused.
It was alleged that both the former CDA chiefs got sheds constructed and carried out landscaping in a portion of the Prime Minister House and converted it into a polo ground.

Abdul Gh Lone