End of immunity?: Six cases may be opened against President Zardari

Published: August 19, 2013
A file photo of President Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

A file photo of President Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


Six accountability cases against President Asif Ali Zardari are going to be opened in the second week of September.

According to Daily Express the accountability court judges will reopen all these references and will issue summons to the accused.

The Supreme Court, in its judgment on the NRO case had assigned the right of reopening accountability cases to accountability courts.

All the cases were being heard in three different accountability courts in Rawalpindi but now they have been transferred to accountability court No1 in Islamabad. These include ARY Gold, Cotecna, SGS, Polo Ground, Ursus Tractor and Assets references.

The main accused in these cases was former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. However her name has been excluded given her death. The late Begum Nusrat Bhutto was also one of the accused in three references however her name has also been removed after her demise.

The hearing had been postponed indefinitely because President Asif Ali Zardari had Presidential immunity. 15 people accused along with the President had been acquitted.

The accused included Salman Farooqi, Saeed Mehdi, AR Siddiqui, former chief secretary Punjab Brigadier (retired) Aslam Hayat Qureshi, former secretary trade Javed Talat, former federal minister Yousaf Talpur and former director general Agricultural Development  AMH Kango.

President Asif Ali Zardari remains the only accused not to have had a trial. In the Cotecna reference six officers of the Cotecna company of Switzerland have been declared absconders and permanent warrants of arrest for all officers have been issued.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • sabi
    Aug 19, 2013 - 9:35AM

    The best answer to avoid prosecution is self exile to a country of his choice doing politics of ‘come back’.at appropriate time and finally hitting a vicious circle of ‘deal’.


  • Kamil
    Aug 19, 2013 - 10:09AM

    Lucky chap! with his “performance” in last five years there should be six a dozen case @ per day against him but them this world is soooooooooo unfair to unfortunate countries like ours


  • Muhammad
    Aug 19, 2013 - 10:34AM

    That’s what Nawaz and Benazir did in 2007


  • Muhammad
    Aug 19, 2013 - 10:35AM

    This would be awesome if it actually happens


  • Mustafa
    Aug 19, 2013 - 10:43AM

    Please stop the madness, dont waste time nothing is going to happen, its for the tv channel consumption and their reveneu.

    The media want always to have some thing to sell.

    If we want any sane discussion or dialouge have to streamile the media , 24/7 they need something some news and for them only BAD news is news , they sell it.



  • Shahzad
    Aug 19, 2013 - 10:52AM

    History will decide who is zardari and the role played by his Govt.
    History will also tell us who is our PCO CJ and his role, our nation is certainly slow in identifying rights and wrongs but eventually we reach at right conclusion.


  • Cheeko Beeko
    Aug 19, 2013 - 11:05AM

    This was known to every one in Pakistan right from the very beginning of Mr. Zardari’s term as President.

    Nothing exiting.


  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Aug 19, 2013 - 11:06AM

    Can we expect that Zardari will stay in and Pakistan and face the allegations imposed against him and will face prosecution like a good leader or as usual first will not come back to Pakistan or after entering Pakistan before 09th of September,2013 will leave Pakistan to avoid himself from prosecution?????


  • Noora
    Aug 19, 2013 - 11:31AM

    Another NRO coming.


  • Kamil
    Aug 19, 2013 - 1:11PM

    @Shahzad: history has already decided and here are some exam[ples of its decision proved by facts and figures: the country progressed from being the 42nd most corrupt country in the world in 2009 to 34th in 2010 and 33rd in 2012 according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI). In December 2012, the chief of the National Accountability Bureau – ironically a government body tasked to fight corruption – raised his estimate of daily corruption levels from Rs7 billion to Rs13 billion a day which is around US$130 million.Pakistan’s GDP growth rate fell from 6.81 percent in 2008 to around three percent as the Pakistani rupee suffered epic depreciation during the five democratic years, crashing from Rs60 to a dollar to almost Rs100 to a dollar. The cost of living for the common Pakistani, the main recipients of the fruits of democracy, doubled during the five democratic years with around 100-200 percent increase in the prices of essential commodities. For example, the price for a litre of petrol jumped from Rs62.81 to over Rs100; wheat flour (staple food for Pakistani families) hiked from Rs16 to Rs35 a kilo; rice from Rs46 to Rs70; sugar from Rs25 to Rs52; beef from Rs200 to Rs440 and so on and so forth. Only the blind still look for history to tell us of the devastation zardar’s tenure left in Pakistan


  • Umer
    Aug 19, 2013 - 2:38PM

    What about Asghar Khan case and Supreme Court attack case?


  • Parvez
    Aug 19, 2013 - 2:43PM

    PML-N has to put on a show otherwise Mr Shehbaz Sharif would look rediculous…………..but it will be only a show and nothing more.


  • goggi (Lahore)
    Aug 19, 2013 - 3:42PM

    “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

    This quote is from “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde.


  • Parvez Amin
    Aug 19, 2013 - 4:28PM

    The man has ruined Pakistan. He should be tried under out laws. If new laws are needed to ensure that he is legally convicted and punished, I am sure we have people who will make just laws to give this nation back its respect. Will these people come forward now, or are we headed straight for the dustbin of history? The reason thieves treat us with so much contempt is because we fail to formulate rules to keep up with the horrendous crimes they inflict on us. Let us stop that right now. Let us show these people that they cannot get away.


  • paki
    Aug 19, 2013 - 4:45PM

    Why is ET not sharing my comments???


  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 19, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Why all this charade ?
    Its been well known fact that this man has assets disproportionate to his background or his family’s wealth !
    Its been quite obvious for last two decades that these are funds generated from Nation’s coffers or shady dealings, which incidentally were never in the interests of the Nation !
    Yet the sad fact is that this game will continue to be played and no sincere outcome will ever come out !


  • faisal
    Aug 19, 2013 - 7:07PM

    All cases reopened will run till his next turn for power and then immunity will be claimed. this will go for ever by our justice system…


  • Amir
    Aug 19, 2013 - 7:16PM

    Well if the govt wants to pursue cases, make sure the day Zardari steps out of office door, his name is placed on ECL…..

    Else, stop this nonsense talk cases could be opened.


  • asim
    Aug 19, 2013 - 7:46PM

    A shame that a person involved in various cases for which the apex court himself wrote to Swiss authorities successfully completes 05 years.


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Aug 19, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Is there a reason my comment is not being published; just to check I wrote another pro Zardari one with a different name a while back and it didn’t go through. So much for the freedom of expression.


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