Zardari files petition against SC’s verdict summoning asset details


ISLAMABAD: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s (SC) August 29 verdict in which it summoned his asset details of past 10 years in relation to the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case.

Zardari’s lawyer Farooq H Naik filed the review petition in which it was stated that the former president was already acquitted from the cases in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and there were no relevant documents present, adding that no corruption cases have been proved against him. The petition further stated that it is against the law to summon the asset details of any person because it violates their basic rights and requested the top court to review its earlier verdict.

On August 29, SC directed former presidents General (r) Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari and ex-attorney general Malik Qayyum to submit a 10-year record of assets and bank accounts as it rejected the affidavits submitted by the trio.

A three-member bench of the SC headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar directed them to disclose before the court the details of assets of their spouses and children both in the country as well as abroad within three weeks.

The top court is currently hearing a petition related to the NRO which was promulgated by Musharraf in 2007 under which the politicians and other individuals were granted an amnesty over corruption and criminal cases against them, thus allowing them to return to Pakistan.