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Pak SC presses Govt to reopen Zardari cases

world Updated: Jun 12, 2010 02:33 IST

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Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday directed the Law Ministry to prepare a fresh proposal for the Prime Minister regarding the implementation of its verdict annulling a graft amnesty that benefited President Asif Ali Zardari.

A five-member bench issued the directive during the hearing of a suo moto case over the government’s failure to implement the verdict on the National Reconciliation Ordinance.

Since it struck down the amnesty last year, the court has been pressing the government to reopen graft cases against Zardari in Switzerland.

Earlier, the court expressed grave concern over the government's attitude of not implementing its verdict.

The government has chosen to ignore repeated calls by the Supreme Court to write to Swiss authorities to revive cases against Zardari related to the alleged laundering of $60 million.

The cases against Zardari in Switzerland were disposed of or closed after former military ruler Pervez Musharraf promulgated the NRO as part of a secret understanding with slain former premier Benazir Bhutto.