NAB chairman: Swiss cases may have led to Deedar’s removal

Published: March 24, 2011
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Political observers say the ex-chairman was uninterested in pursuing the cases.

Political observers say the ex-chairman was uninterested in pursuing the cases.

ISLAMABAD: 

A failure to satisfy the opposition’s wish of the immediate reopening of Swiss cases against President Asif Ali Zardari played a key role in the removal of Syed Deedar Hussain Shah from the position of chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), political observers told The Express Tribune.

The opposition elements were expecting him to ensure an early trial of President Zardari in Swiss account cases but Shah failed to make any progress in this regard, observers said. NAB had referred the matter to the Swiss courts in January this year but proceedings have not started until now.

“The opposition suspected that Shah, who was appointed chairman NAB in October, was not taking a keen interest in the case,” an expert said.

In January, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan summoned the NAB representative to explain the cause of delay in the reopening of the cases. Shah had then told the committee that NAB had written a letter to the Swiss court on the directives of the Supreme Court. He also said that the bureau had completed the working on the reopening of the cases against President Zardari and that the Supreme Court was being updated regularly in this regard.

Zardari and his assassinated wife former prime minister Benazir Bhutto were convicted by a Geneva court in 2003 in a money laundering case. But the verdict was overturned on appeal and in 2008 Swiss judicial authorities said they had closed the case after which Rs60 million dollars frozen in Swiss accounts were released due to lack of evidence against Zardari. The cases against Zardari and 157 others were reopened after the Supreme Court declared the controversial amnesty law, NRO as ‘unconstitutional’.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 24, 2011 - 12:11PM

    He was about to open the cases against PML-N leadership and their backers. We all know that SC is only moving forward with a single agenda of “Get Zardari” no matter what ever the cost may be. Mr. Deedar was only a stumbling stone which they have removed with some lame excuses.Recommend

  • shahid
    Mar 24, 2011 - 1:26PM

    in there quest to down zardari they are willing to destroy everything.ppp has survived benazir assasination.these ridiculous interpretation of laws will only make zardari more popular.
    Recommend

  • Mar 24, 2011 - 2:02PM

    NRO is a key can open all treasures
    in which Pakistani economy has been prisoned
    under the order of lord of money laundering.Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 24, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Why waste time with all this drama? its a serious waste of public funds and resources! As any half wit person should know that nothing will be achieved to bring the looters to justice, as justice itself has got its existance back due to them!!!
    I suggest they open some new bodies to counter weigh and stop treating general public as fools, namely create PLB = Public Looters Bureau and PUB = Public Unaccountablity Bureau.
    This would save lot of time by just getting clean cheat from the above depts to acknowledge the fact that, YES! i stole the money as i was in position to do so!Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Mar 24, 2011 - 5:50PM

    If the Swiss authorities closed the case for want of evidence and released the money, what is the basis of re-opening the case again?

    Can you try a person twice for the same offense? I think not. Recommend

  • Amjad Cheema
    Mar 27, 2011 - 5:14AM

    Its judicial martial law presided over by cheap justice.Recommend

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