Petition calls for SC to declare Zardari, Gilani ineligible


A petition requested the Supreme Court to declare President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ineligible for their posts.
According to a private television channel, the petition was filed in the apex court on Monday by senior lawyer Wahab Al Khairi. The petition requested the court to direct the president to “bring Pakistan’s national wealth back from foreign banks”.
The petitioner claimed that “President Zardari and his associates had looted the country”. Advocate Khairi, moreover, stated that the president was maintaining assets abroad and had accumulated money in foreign bank accounts.
Furthermore, the petitioner criticised the decision of the ruling government of not writing to Swiss authorities.
“If the president claims that he has immunity regarding the Swiss cases, then he is wrong,” Advocate Khairi said in his petition.
He also accused the prime minister of being a ‘yes-man’ to the president.
The petition stated that defamation of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) was akin to defamation of the entire Pakistani nation and that conditions were being created to damage Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).