SC seeks 10-year record of Zardari, Musharraf’s assets in NRO case

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SC seeks 10-year record of Zardari, Musharraf's assets in NRO case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday sought 10-year record of the assets and foreign and local bank accounts owned by former presidents Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case related to National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), passed by Musharraf in 2007.
The counsels of Zardari and Musharraf appeared before the top court.
As the hearing went under way, the bench sought details of assets owned by Musharraf in Pakistan. The former military ruler’s counsel in response said, “Nothing has been hidden from the court.”
In response to Musharraf’s counsel, the chief justice remarked that the court won’t allow him to conceal any information.
“Musharraf should also submit asset details of his wife within 10 days,” Justice Nisar said.
“I’ve heard that Musharraf received gifts from Saudi Arabia,” he added.
The former military ruler’s counsel informed the bench, “My client has 92,000 Dirhams in one bank account and he owns three cars, including a Jeep and a Mercedes.”
Justice Nisar then questioned if Musharraf could buy a flat from the salary he drew during his working days. “Ask him to appear before the court and clarify,” the chief justice said.
Musharraf’s counsel, however, said, “My client bought foreign assets after his presidency.”
To this, the chief justice questioned, “Do lecturers get paid this much? May be I should also give lectures after retirement.”
During the hearing a day earlier, former president Asif Ali Zardari submitted an affidavit before the Supreme Court stating that he does not own any property abroad.
The document stated that Zardari owns no moveable or immovable property nor any bank account outside Pakistan.
The NRO granted amnesty to politicians and other individuals by quashing various corruption and criminal cases against them so they could return to the country and engage in the democratic process.
In previous hearings, the chief justice had ordered Musharraf and Zardari and former attorney general Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum to submit the details of their foreign bank accounts.

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