SC summons details of Zardari, Musharraf’s foreign assets in NRO case

SC summons details of Zardari, Musharraf’s foreign assets in NRO case


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court summoned on Wednesday details of foreign assets of formers presidents Asif Ali Zardari and General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the NRO case.

The National Reconciliation Order (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.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard the case today, which was attended by the attorney general as well as Zardari’s counsel Farooq Naek.

As the hearing went under way, the court sought the foreign assets details of Zardari and Musharraf, as well as those of former attorney general Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum.

The court directed the respondents to submit affidavits in court, along with details of their personal foreign assets, those of their children, foreign bank accounts and any offshore companies.

Chief Justice Nisar observed that the top court needs to be taken into confidence regarding the ownership of foreign accounts and assets.

During the hearing, the chief justice remarked that we have to make dams and do even bigger work, including ending corruption.

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.-Web Desk