Islamabad: An accountability court acquitted former president Asif Ali Zardari in the polo ground corruption reference. The court announced the verdict saying the accused had not been proven guilty so far. It further stated that evidence against the former president was not sufficient for further proceedings.
This refers to the construction of a polo ground along with ancillary works at the Prime Minister House. In February, the court had reserved its judgment on the application of the former president seeking acquittal in the corruption 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.