Asif Zardari Summoned by Accountability Court


Rawalpindi: An accountability court in Rawalpindi has summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari on December 23 in relation to the reopened corruption cases.

 The accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir heard the five NAB references against Zardari on Monday.

The counsel of former president, Farooq H Naek, argued that his client faces security threats.

58-year-old Zardari, whose constitutional immunity as head of state kept the cases against him pending for five years, is likely to be indicted in Polo Ground Reference on next hearing.

Taking suo moto notice, accountability court had reopened five NAB references – including SGS, Cotecna, ARY, polo ground and Ursus tractors against Zardari, stating his immunity to trial concluded with him stepping down from the presidency.

The most of co-accused in references against Zardari have already been released by the court.

Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, under National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in 2007, had withdrawn all the cases against Zardari but they were reopened after Supreme Court cancelled the controversial amnesty deal that facilitated as many as 8,000 people including political leaders and businessmen.