ISLAMABAD  - Former President Asif Ali Zardari could not be indicted by an accountability court in Polo Ground Reference due to his non-appearance in the court, Farooq H Naik, counsel for former president, informed the court on Monday.

Naik said that his client could not appear in the court due to security threats and insufficient security arrangements. Judge Muhammad Bashir took up NAB references including Polo Ground Reference against Zardari for hearing but due to the absence of the former President, proceedings on references could not move ahead. The court while accepting plea with regard to security arrangements directed the government to provide foolproof security to Zardari.

Earlier, the court had directed Farooq H Naik to write a letter to the government in connection with security arrangements for Zardari. Naik said request had been made to the government for providing security. The court sought report on security arrangements from NAB on the next hearing on January 9.

The court directed NAB to contact interior ministry and police and inform it about the security arrangements for former President Zardari.

Talking to media persons after hearing of the case, Naik said the former president was facing security threats; therefore, he could not appear in the court. During the previous three hearings, Zardari did not appear in the court due to life threats.

He said that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto also became target of terrorists due to non-provision of proper security. Had proper security been provided to her, she would not have been martyred, he added. He said that all the cases registered against his client are baseless who has been facing these cases for the last 16 years.