Pak Accountability Court Restores All Corruption Cases Against Zardari

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 — Pakistan’s Accountability Court has restored all NAB (National Accountability Bureau) cases against former President Asif Ali Zardari.

The former president’s immunity ended upon stepping down in September as part of the democratic transition from Pakistan Peoples’ Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N).

The legal counsel of former President Farooq H Naik assured the court about the presence of his client in the next hearing.

The former federal law minister also submitted his power of attorney on behalf of Mr Zardari in the court.

The court heard a reference case against Asif Ali Zardari on November 26 (Tuesday) in Islamabad and has summoned witnesses in Polo Ground case on ninth of December.

The Polo ground was constructed at the Prime Minister House during Benazir Bhutto’s first term in office.

It was alleged in the reference that the construction of the polo ground was executed on the verbal orders of Asif Ali Zardari. It cost an estimated Rs52.29 million to the national exchequer.

The accountability court is hearing six corruption cases against Zardari.

The cases against Zardari contain charges of kickbacks and commission from SGS PSI Company for pre-shipment inspection, grant of a licence to ARY Gold causing losses to national exchequer, receipt of illegal gratification and commission in purchase of URSUS tractors under the Awami Tractor Scheme, illegal award of a contract to Cotecna for pre-shipment, possession of assets beyond means and receipt of kickbacks from Sajjad Ahmad, a former chairman of Pakistan Steel Mills.

The Cotecna corruption reference was initially prepared by Saifur Rehman, the chairman of Ehtesab Bureau during the second government of Nawaz Sharif. Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Zardari were the main accused and Nusrat Bhutto, former chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue A.R. Siddiqui and six directors of the Swiss company, Cotecna, were co-accused.

Benazir Bhutto and Zardari had been accused of taking as kickback six per cent of the total value of $131 million pre-shipment contract awarded to the Swiss company. The hearing has been adjourned till sixth of next month.

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