LAHORE - A National Accountability Court yesterday ordered the NAB authorities to remove PPP leader Qasim Zia’s name from the inquiry list of the bureau after he deposited the disputed amount voluntarily to the authorities concerned in stock exchange fraud case.

During the course of hearing, the counsel of Qasim Zia told the judge that his client had voluntarily deposited Rs. 8 million on it Lahore High Court had also granted him bail.

The counsel assured the judge that Qasim Zia would also submit Rs 20 million willingly to the NAB in the scam. Therefore, he pleaded the court, the name of his client be removed from the inquiry list of the NAB.

A law officer on behalf of the NAB told the court that the accused had deposited some amount voluntarily with an assurance that the rest of the amount would also be deposited. On it, NAB Court No. 2 ordered NAB to remove his name from the inquiry list. The court also summoned co-accused Ali Usman Chaudhary and Muhammad Ali by the next hearing adjourned for one week. On Sept 21, the NAB court extended judicial remand of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and former Hockey Olympian Qasim Zia by October 5.

Previously, Usman Qasim, son of Qasim Zia, had filed an application with NAB under Section 25 of the NAB Ordinance for Voluntary Return (VR) by offering to pay all the liability of Qasim in the case. The family of Qasim Zia had agreed to pay Rs. 20 million to NAB under VR.

On Aug 7, NAB authorities arrested Qasim Zia. Previously, NAB officials did not allow his son and the legal team of Qasim Zia to meet him in the lock up despite that the court had ordered the officials to arrange his meeting with his family and legal team fighting his case.

Elected twice from Faisalabad’s constituency PP-59, Zia served as a member of Punjab Assembly from 2002-2007, and from 2008-2013. He functioned as Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly during his earlier term from 2002-2007.

Zia was appointed president of Pakistan Hockey Federation in 2008 and served as the federation's chief till 2013. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist in the field of hockey, and also remained a member of the Pakistan's national hockey team from 1980-87.