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Pak SC disposes off cases involving Prez Zardari

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 19:36

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Supreme Court today
disposed off two cases involving President Asif Ali Zardari
after being informed that they related to matters which had
already been settled.

One case pertained to the freezing of Zardari`s assets
by an anti-corruption bench of the Lahore High Court in 1997.
The other was related to an appeal filed by the Sindh
government challenging the transfer of a criminal case from an
anti-terrorist court to a sessions court.

Abu Bakkar Zardari and Mehar Malik, the counsel for
the President, told the three-judge bench that the case
related to the freezing of Zardari’s assets had been decided
under the National Reconciliation Ordinance, which granted
Zardari immunity in graft cases.

Shahadat Awan, the Prosecutor General of Sindh
province, told the bench that Zardari had been acquitted in
the other case, which related to the murder of former
secretary Alam Baloch.

Political observers said the President’s legal woes
were far over as the fate of the NRO is yet to be decided.

The Pakistan People`s Party-led government recently
had to scrap its plan to get the NRO ratified by Parliament
after several political parties said they would not back the
move. The NRO was issued by former military ruler Pervez
Musharraf in 2007 as part of an understanding with Zardari’s
slain wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto.

Under an order issued by the Supreme Court in July,
the NRO will expire on November 28.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 19:36

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