NAB Court Summons Asif Ali Zardari on December 23


RAWALPINDI: An accountability court in Rawalpindi has summoned former head of Asif Ali Zardari on December 23, Pakistan Tribune reported on Monday.

Farooq H. Naek, former Chairman Senate and counsel for Zardari pleaded before the court that his client is facing serious security threats, so he may be exempted from personal appearance. His request, however, was not entertained by NAB Judge Muhammad Bashir who is hearing five references against Zardari.

The references against Asif Zardari were revived as after his presidential immunity ended and NRO was declared null and void. It is anticipated that he will be charged in some of the cases on next hearing.

References against Asif Zardari

Below is a brief summary of the cases pending in NAB court against former President Asif Ali Zardari.

1. Polo ground case

Polo ground case pertains to illegal construction of the polo ground and other ancillary facilities at Prime Minister House in Islamabad ignoring rules and procedure. Former government official Saeed Mehdi and ex-Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Shafi Shahwani were co-accused in the case. Mehdi won acquittal from the court while Shahwani has passed away.

2. SGS Reference

Filed in 1997 during Nawaz Sharif’s tenure, SGS reference alleges that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her spouse received huge bribes in a pre-shipment deal between the government and SGS. All the accused in the case minus Zardari has been absolved in July 2011.

3. ARY case

ARY reference alleges that huge loss was inflicted upon national exchequer by Grant of licenses to ARY Traders for import of gold and silver.

4. Ursus tractors Case

Ursus tractors case alleges misappropriation in the purchase of 5,900 Russian and Polish tractors at a cost of Rs150, 000 each for Awami Tractor Scheme launched by PPP government.

5. Cotecna Case

Cotecna case alleges that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her spouse received grafts in awarding a pre-shipment supervising contract at Karachi Port to Swiss company Cotecna.