General (R) Pervaz Musharraf breaks silence over NRO deal

General (R) Pervaz Musharraf breaks silence over NRO deal

ISLAMABAD: Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the 2007 National Reconciliation Order (NRO) was enacted to make the election process transparent and end political victimisation in the country.

The former president and army chief's counsel submitted a reply today after the apex court sought his response in the NRO case.

The reply stated further that the NRO was not brought about with ill intentions and was completely legal.

It further sought to dismiss the petition against the NRO. <link> <link>

The NRO, passed by Musharraf in 2007, granted amnesty to politicians and other individuals by quashing various corruption and criminal cases against them so they could return to the country and engage in the democratic process.

On July 4, the Supreme Court had summoned details of foreign assets of former president Asif Ali Zardari and Musharraf.

The court directed the respondents, which included former attorney general Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum, to submit affidavits in court, along with details of their personal foreign assets, those of their children, foreign bank accounts and any offshore companies.

Last month, former president Zardari submitted his response to the Supreme Court in the NRO case, stressing he had no role in forming the controversial law.

Zardari informed the court that cases against him were quashed in 2007 in compliance with NRO, however, they had reopened after the NRO was overruled by the apex court.

Zardari was acquited from criminal cases in their subsequent trials, the response stated further.