Pakistan’s Supreme Court has summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister and several other suspects in connection with a money laundering case.
Friday’s development was the latest blow to Zardari, who along with 171 others was placed on no-fly list by the government a day earlier amid accusations of concealing assets from tax authorities or creating fake bank accounts.
Zardari and his sister are to appear in court on Monday.
The suspects barred from leaving the country include Zardari, who is a member of the National Assembly, his sister Faryal Talpur, his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who heads the opposition Pakistan People’s Party and Murad Ali Shah, who is chief minister in southern Sindh province.
In a fiery speech at a rally in the Sindh province Friday, Zardari fired back, saying he will face all charges and prove his innocence.