Swiss cases will be contested like last time, says Zardari

President says he is looking forward to the end of his tenure.


Web Desk September 04, 2013
President Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that he had contested Swiss cases before and would contest them again, Express News reported.

In April 2010, Swiss attorney general Daniel Zappelli had said that since the president enjoyed immunity under international law, Swiss courts could not entertain any request to reopen the cases against him.

However, earlier this year, opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah had said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was reopening the Swiss cases, earlier closed by the courts.

'Army intervention in Karachi is not required'

President Zardari, while commenting on the situation in Karachi said that there was no need for an army intervention when the Rangers was deployed in the city.

Earlier, during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's briefing in Karachi on the security situation of the city, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had pressed for army intervention, along with a collaborated effort by the Police and Rangers.

Other parties such as PPP and Jamaat-e-Islami had opposed the suggestion on the grounds that there was no point in having a democratic government, if everything was handed to the army.

End of tenure

Speaking at the Parliament House, the President said that he did not believe Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had suffered a major defeat during the general elections and said that he was looking forward to the end of his tenure so that he could meet party workers.

Taliban talks

The President said that this was not the first time the government had tried to press for dialogue with the Taliban.

"There have been nine agreements with the Taliban so far," he said, adding that each time, they asked for a new one.

However, he said that it was the responsibility of the government to keep trying.

COMMENTS (1)

aqib | 8 years ago | Reply

Justice will not come to Pakistan, till the laws of our faith (pertaining to both compassion and strict law against murder/theft/corruption) are truly implemented.

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