Pak Anti-Corruption Court Summons Zardari

Sajjad Hussain/ Islamabad
Pak Anti-Corruption Court Summons Zardari

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan today summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari to appear before it on April 27, reopening a graft case against him after he lost his presidential immunity.

The Rawalpindi accountability court started proceedings against 59-year-old Zardari for illegally making assets in 1990s when his wife Benazir Bhutto was the Prime Minister.

Judge Raja Ikhlaq Hussain of accountability court heard a petition by the National Accountability Bureau, an anti-graft watchdog, which argued that presidential immunity for Zardari has now expired and that the reference can now be reopened.

Zardari served as the President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013.

The petition said that Zardari's immunity had ended with the termination of his presidential tenure in 2013.

Approving the application, the court ordered Zardari to appear before it on April 27 and subsequently adjourned the matter to the said date.

The assets reference was initiated against Zardari and Bhutto in 2001 but its hearing adjourned indefinitely in 2010.

According to allegations, Zardari had purchased a number of properties and deposited the money from kickbacks in different Swiss banks.

Bhutto's name was removed as co-accused after her death in a terrorist attack in 2007.

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