Lahore: A Pakistani court has issued notices
to President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and many other politicians in response to a
petition seeking the disclosure of their assets abroad.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry yesterday directed all the respondents to file their replies along with affidavits on the verified list of their worldwide assets.
The other respondents include senior PML-Q leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Punjab
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Secretary Nasir
Khosa, Pakistan People?s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
and Ghinwa Bhutto, chairperson of the PPP-ZAB faction.
The federal Cabinet Secretary and Law Secretary were made
party to the petition.
"Notices shall be issued to the respondents in the writ
petition who shall file their replies supported by their
affidavits with an advance copy to learned counsel for
petitioner," the Chief Justice said in his written order.
The next hearing will be held in the first week of
December. Lawyer Javed Iqbal Jaffrey filed his main petition
in 1993 and prayed that the respondents should be directed to
provide verified list of their worldwide assets.
He recently filed an amended petition and alleged that
politicians looted and plundered public money and transferred
billions of rupees to foreign banks.
He claimed that Nawaz Sharif siphoned off and laundered
over USD 3 billion, mostly to Britain. He further alleged that
Gilani had spent about Rs 500 million from public funds on his
houses in Multan and Lahore.