Pak EC adjourns hearing on Zardari's eligibility
Islamabad: Pakistan's Election Commission on Thursday adjourned till February 18 the hearing of an application challenging President Asif Ali Zardari's eligibility to hold office in the wake of a Supreme Court order striking down a graft amnesty that benefited him.
Chief Election Commissioner Hamid Ali Mirza heard the application filed by advocate Moulvi Iqbal Haider, who sought a fresh scrutiny of nomination papers filed by Zardari to contest the Presidential Election in 2008.
Haider said he had not filed an objection to Zardari's candidature at that time because he was then protected by the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), a graft amnesty issued by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
The apex court last year annulled the NRO and directed the government to reopen graft cases against over 8,000 people who had benefited from the controversial law.
The Chief Election Commissioner, after hearing Haider, adjourned the case to February 18 and granted the petitioner's plea to file relevant documents in support of his application.
The beleaguered President is facing fresh challenges since the apex court struck down the NRO but Zardari's aides insist that the Constitution grants him immunity from prosecution in criminal cases.