NRO Deal: Asif Zardari, Pervaiz Musharraf in hot waters

NRO Deal: Asif Zardari, Pervaiz Musharraf in hot waters
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ISLAMABAD: Former presidents Asif Ali Zardari and General (r) Pervez Musharraf in hot waters as Supreme Court takes up the infamous NRO deal.

SC has asked both the former Presidents to submit asset details of domestic and as well as the foreign properties in the court

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case in Islamabad.

The bench said that the concerned people should present before the court the affidavit about their domestic and foreign properties.

Earlier, the apex court had issued notices to Musharraf, Asif Ali Zardari and the attorney general of Pakistan.

The NRO was promulgated in Oct 2007 by the government of then president Musharraf. Under the ordinance, cases against politicians were removed, paving the way for many to their return to the country.

On June 6, nominating Musharraf, Asif Ali Zardari and former attorney general Malik Abdul Qayyum as respondents, petitioner Feroz Shah Gilani had requested the court to order recovery of “huge amounts of public money” misappropriated and wasted by them through unlawful means “already on record in different judgments of the Supreme Court and high court”.

He had contended that Musharraf subverted the Constitution by declaring emergency followed by the promulgation of the NRO , through which criminal and corruption cases against politicians, including Zardari, were ‘arbitrarily withdrawn’ causing huge financial losses to the national exchequer.

“Since the SC in its landmark judgment of December 16, 2009, had declared the NRO void ab initio, the respondents are liable to compensate the losses and the damage suffered by the exchequer of debt-ridden Pakistan, including the loss of $60 million stashed in Swiss banks allegedly by Zardari,” he had said.

He had said Malik Qayyum had written a letter to the attorney general for Geneva to withdraw criminal and civil proceedings against Zardari, but the Supreme Court in its 2009 judgment held that Qayyum had written the letter in his personal capacity, against the Rules of Business, 1973.

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