President Asif Ali Zardari.—Illustration by Faraz Aamer Khan/Dawn.com
President Asif Ali Zardari.—Illustration by Faraz Aamer Khan/Dawn.com

Contrary to the views of many in Pakistan, June 19, 2012 was one of the bleakest days for democracy in the country. An elected prime minister was disqualified by the highest bench of the judiciary on charges of contempt of court. The case made history as it remains the only case in Pakistan which resulted in the termination and disqualification of an elected representative of the parliament.

The contempt of court case was initiated against Yousuf Raza Gilani when he refused to correspond with the Swiss authorities to reopen money laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari

The history of the case can be traced back to the first term of Benazir Bhutto. It all began when the constitutional order was amended which empowered the president and restricted the prime minister’s powers. Ghulam Ishaq Khan was elected as the president of the country in 1988 and appointed Benazir Bhutto as the prime minister of Pakistan. However, the power struggle between them was evident from the beginning which came to an end when Khan in August 1990 dissolved the national assembly and dismissed Bhutto on charges pertaining to corruption as well as failure to maintain law and order.

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was elected as the prime minister on November 1, 1990. However, in 1993, Khan again exercised his power through the eighth amendment of the Constitution and dismissed Sharif. The Supreme Court intervened and reinstated Sharif which eventually forced Khan to resign but Sharif’s term ended in the same year.

In 1993 Bhutto was re-elected as the prime minister of the country. Bhutto’s second tenure marked many controversial events including the assassination of Mir Murtaza Bhutto which sabotaged her political career significantly. The then president, Farooq Laghari, dismissed her government after three years over charges of corruption and mismanagement.

Asif Ali Zardari, although never convicted, was in prison from 1997 to 2004 on charges pertaining to money laundering, corruption and murder.

Sharif was re-elected as the prime minister of Pakistan and initiated the case in Switzerland in 1998 which accused Benazir and Asif Zardari to have embezzled $60 million in kickbacks in Swiss bank accounts. In August 2003, both, Benazir and Zardari were found guilty of the scam. However the penalties that summed up to a fine of $100‚000‚ and the order that they return some $2 million to the Government of Pakistan‚ were suspended on appeal.

In 2007, Benazir and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) allegedly negotiated a deal with Pervez Musharraf who issued an amnesty law under which the corruption cases were considered closed. However, in 2009, soon after his reinstatement, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry who was suspended by Musharraf in 2007, ordered to reopen the Swiss case. However, Daniel Zappelli‚ Switzerland’s prosecutor-general said that head of the state cannot be prosecuted as he enjoys immunity and if Pakistani authorities decide to lift the immunity then he should be tried in his own country.

In the latter half of 2010, Saif-ur-Rehman, who served as the interior minister during Sharif’s second term, revealed the fact that Sharif coerced the judgement on Swiss case against Bhutto and Zardari. The proceedings of the Swiss case were expedited on Sharif’s demands and the penalty was also influenced by him.

The proceedings and the verdict, as revealed by Saif-ur-Rehman, cast doubt on the authenticity and transparency of the same.

In 2011, the Supreme Court ordered Gilani to send a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen the graft case against the head of the state. However, Gilani did not comply with court’s orders because he was of the view that Zardari enjoys immunity being the head of state. The Supreme Court charged the former prime minister with contempt of court and declared him convicted of the same on April 26, 2012. Gilani was formally disqualified on June 19, 2012.

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M K
June 20, 2012 7:26 pm
Dear friend, I agree that cases against all 8000 should be reopened but this one gets priorty because the greater the position, the greater the accountability. Also the amount is 60 million dollars, maybe one of the biggest amounts in terms of corruption.
Naveed
June 20, 2012 7:29 pm
Pakistan is in crisis, in turmoil because PPP wants to protect Zardari. I seriously doubt if PPP is loyal to Pakistan. Why are you putting Pakistan and Pakistanis through such hardship because the PM does not want to write a letter to the Swiss Judge? What is the logic? Let Zardari defend his immunity status in the Swiss court. PPP needs serious thinking, serious introspection.
raika45
June 20, 2012 11:00 am
The whole situation is because of one man.Zadari.Why does he not give the government the go ahead to write to the Swiss authorities.It would have not brought about such a situation.Unless he has something to hide.If so this man has no moral right to be the President.Using the presidency to hide his misdeeds is an abomination both for the people and the country's honor.
Adil Jadoon
June 22, 2012 6:59 am
PPP has no one but itself to blame. Corrupt and inept leaders of a corrupt and inept nation are easy targets.
tahir karim
June 20, 2012 11:10 am
WOW , how exelently grafted. The letter was not against the head of the state it was to ropen the case against all involved and very unfortunate for the system that the sitting president is accused and convicted in the same case.
Vizarat
June 20, 2012 9:32 pm
Why can't Pakistan elect men/women of good character as their leaders. If these judgements are politically motivated bring the judges down too. Gilani is gone Zardari should be gone soon lets open case against Shareef brothers for contempt of court and disqualify them. That leaves Mr. Chaudhry himself is he the clean character. If he is let him continue as CJ. Lete move to a cleaner politics.
Said Arab
June 22, 2012 6:27 pm
!00 % correct
Said Arab
June 22, 2012 6:28 pm
Why the Judiciary didn't turned down Article 248?
Said Arab
June 22, 2012 6:25 pm
I agree Shahid
Arshad, USA
June 21, 2012 8:53 pm
Gilani in gone resisting the SC orders. Will the new Prime Minister be BOLD enough to write to Swiss Authorities and going against Zardari ? Its the corruption in our political system that needs to be changed. Prime Minister comes and go Zardari remains, GOD BLESS PAKISTAN
Jawaid Haider
June 20, 2012 1:21 pm
Today is a day to celebrate as justice is served and no one is or should be above the Law. I ask a very simple question how can you have one of the world richest man is HEAD of one of the poorest Country in the world does this make sense? After searching only answer I get is CORRUPTION. Comments are welcome
frmcfaguy
June 21, 2012 10:05 am
What has happened to this country!! You people are supporting against another corrupt......
Capt Mansur
June 20, 2012 5:05 pm
Ikram you are correct. sad.
ASIM SHAIKH
June 20, 2012 6:36 pm
Every one is defaulter including me we blame to every one but when i get chance to serve country i do the same thing like Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and other like chief justice .Why Chief justice taking action against Zardari .Nawaz Sharif is on the same boat. Why he is ignoring him. We are all criminal only waiting for chance. Politician , bureau cracy, police,doctors,business man, Moulvi,and grave digger etc its a big list . We need a honest leader with a honest team other wise GOD BLESS PAKISTAN
SAK
June 21, 2012 2:22 pm
Like Zia-ul-Haq, HISTORY will find Ch. Iftikhar as the worst Chief Justice that the Pakistani Judiciary has ever had. He too should have resigned when they found evidence against Arsalan, instead he wanted to be the judge when the court was hearing against his own son. He is with the NOT SO SHAREEF brothers. Nothing but bias. This time it was not a military coup but one from the judiciary.
khurram khalid
June 21, 2012 3:59 pm
One thing is missing here that Mr Zardari resisted Mr Iftikhar Chaudhary's reinstatement knowing that Justice Chaudhary is biased towards the PPP, is close to the PMLN, will try to run a parallel government, will revive old cases against PPP leadership and will not leave any opportunity to embarrass the government.
Dr Ahmed
June 22, 2012 7:23 am
Long Live the supreme court!
Imran
June 20, 2012 10:26 pm
He was not an elected PM. The ministers won the election by foul methods.Those ministers then choose the most corrupt of them all to be their leader.
Sheeda Tulli
June 20, 2012 10:00 pm
Iftakhar Chaudhary is holding deep rooted animosity against PPP and Zardari.
Honest Belief
June 20, 2012 6:06 pm
Maybe now the Supreme Court can take Suo Moto notice and take all the culprits to task, not just Zardari.
Fazl Rab
June 20, 2012 4:57 pm
I do not know how many country's Constitutions have been read by PM Gilani and on what authority he claims that every country's Constitution bestows immunity to all the Presidents of the world. At least, Constitutions of the US, Germany or Tunisia have no such provision. UK has no written Constitution, any way. Remember, no such provision was invoked when sitting President of Panama, Manuel Noriega was arrested by the US. Is Mr Zardari afraid of some revelation if the case is re-opened? What will happen when he is no longer the President? Mr Nawaz Sharif is in no different category, morally speaking. He has to account for Raiwind palace, to begin with.
Haris Iftikhar
June 21, 2012 10:45 am
Black days in Pakistan history. No one in loyall here with this country. May ALLAH blessed Pakistan. ameen
Muhammad Siddiq
June 21, 2012 10:58 am
I think Judiciary is playing the role of establishment that had been played many time in the past with the elected Governments. Nawaz Sharif is solely a businessman, he does n't know politics nor he will become a rich, grommed politician. I suggest to the present Government to emphasis much on education, health, power generation and infra structure developments that brings prosperity among the peoples of the country.
shamim malik
June 20, 2012 6:24 pm
please do not point a finger at the court ,its the pakistani nation wanting to disqualify Zardari , and not the court wanting to disqualify PPP. And PPP should come up with a better person qualifying to be the chair person. We have much better and honest people in Pakistan who can do a better job. I personally appreciate court's decision and I hope it will do the same in future , and will disqualify the people who are not faithful to the nation.
syed
June 21, 2012 10:09 pm
Judiciary has a very important role in any democracy, how come PPP does not understands this. The ex-prime minister Gilani should be made accountable for all the sufferings and losses caused to Pakistani people and the country due to his wrong deeds. Democracy can only flourish with proper accountability and now regardless of party affiliation people of Pakistan should stand up against corrupt politicians and official--all kind of corrupt practices were introduced in Pakistan by PPP after assuming power in 70's and now people of Pakistan must make them pay back.--The Chief Justice has done a great service to Pakistani society and this process must continue.
jawaid haider
June 20, 2012 1:25 pm
We may be poor as a nation when it comes to wealth but rich in culture and values too bad the head of the state do not think a like to share and unite people the wealth of Pakistan is its loyal Citizens.
Syed
June 20, 2012 9:58 pm
All this mess was created by Musharraf and company (physically challanged Chaudhry). He cut a deal with Bhutto and Zardari and signed NRO, just to reinforce his presidency while Mohtarma would occupy the office of the PM, but for Banazir, dream never came true and whole nation saw how Musharraf was dragged out of the office. Before that Mr. Zardari, who's only role was a baby sitter of Begum Bhutto ( a very unfortunate lady), a most corrupt politician on the face of earth, is now enjoying the presidetial immunity while country is looking for daily allowence from U.S and IMF to run day to day bussiness. Mr. Zardari's issue is, he hates to appoint clean, honest and deserving personalities to any office. God bless to my poor fellas of Pakistan.
Sabir Farooqi
June 21, 2012 8:15 pm
It looks so Embarrassing on all grounds of Humanity, morality and honesty towards the institution, governance and personal conscience. One person who takes the pride of being the president of the country does not have the courage to stand for his dignified stature. Why putting the whole system and the country into jeopardy. Businesses are ruined, staged strikes to show the strength of once political weight has corrupted the whole system. I only ask one question to those who sit at the whelm of the affairs. Who are you governing?. Are you responsible for something? Were you given the authority to play with the lives of innocent people and depriving of their basic rights of living? IS there any body in the country who has the mind to think and courage to take a step forward? Do you have to give your life to the one who has the absolute authority? how would you stand in front of him? No body has amenisty in front of who gives us the authority? why can not we apply the same principle in HIS world. Please wake up before it is too late. Think of becoming a servant in the life here after not a president here.
Ch Babar Bajwa
June 20, 2012 6:21 pm
this is the only judiciary in the history of Pakistan who r doing some exceptional decisions....our best wishes with CJ of pakistan....THE ROCK
Shahid
June 20, 2012 12:08 pm
I agree. Case against Zardari should be reopened. But case against nawaz, and a whole lot of other should also be initiated. .like the contempt case and expedited. There were 8000 cases in NRO. Why this only. A clean up process should be carried out of all rulers MNAs. MPAs etc" Where did they accumulate all the wealth from? Did they inherit the foreign accounts.
nazir
June 20, 2012 7:49 pm
Who elected Zardari? Pakistani citizens. Who elected his wife? Pakistanis of course. You all need to stop pointing fingers. You knew he was corrupt before he was elected. You all knew that. So what is the big deal here? I dont understand. You all are guilty and part of the crime.
Dr A.Latif
June 20, 2012 7:42 pm
The chief justice has taken the matter very personel agaisnst Zardari who spent 8 years of his precious life in prison separated from his family and loved ones on corruption charges that were never proved.He may be corrupt and may have stolen the money but the present chief justice did not act then during his tenure when he was serving under the dictator asCJ
saleh
June 20, 2012 9:00 pm
Google 'Karachi Affair'!
Ajamal
June 20, 2012 9:03 pm
Sarkozy / Zardari case relates to French submarines deal on which commission was paid to Bhutto/Zardari, part of which was used to finance the elections in France. Sarkozy, a minister at that time oversaw the funds on French side. It is also alleged that bombing attack on French technicians outside Karachi Sheraton was related to unpaid amounts of commission. At the time of bombing, New Zealand cricket was also present at the Sheraton and cancelled the tour and abondoned the test match mid-way through.
Hamid Abbasi
June 21, 2012 3:14 pm
He(Allama Iqbal) wouldn't have to compose anything new when he listens the chorus: " US MULK KA KYA HOGA JAB CHORE BANEY CHOWKIDAR " HAMID ABBASI.
Ashfaque Qureshi
June 20, 2012 10:45 am
i don't thinks so SC will be able to discover the money from swiss bank
Tajammal Waheed
June 20, 2012 5:56 pm
If there were any doubts about the corruption of PPP during its past tenures in government, there are no doubts left now after seeing the mamoth corruption by them during the past four years of its rule.
MSA
June 20, 2012 7:06 pm
Read the article in Pakistan Accountant (Oct.- Dec. 2011). The title of the article is "Anti-Corruption / Anti-Bribery Pakistan. What this means for ICAP members and their clients". This was published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. MSA
Razzaq
June 20, 2012 6:42 pm
The head of the government has immunity under the 8th amendment, Is this democratic?
SHM
June 20, 2012 5:52 pm
I wonder what that great legend of a poet Allama Iqbal would have composed on the present status of Pakistan, if he was living! Can anyone guess?
saleh
June 20, 2012 10:28 am
Now that Sarkozy of France no longer has presidential immunity, I hope the French government, as it has indicated, opens corruption cases against him that date back to when he was finance minister. That would 'clarify' Zardari's corruption issue .. and without the need for ongoing wrangling about it in Pakistan!
Zafar
June 20, 2012 3:51 pm
one thing for sure, there is no justice in Pakistan.People are waiting for a fair trail for years in courts. and when it comes to the PM of Pakistan ,it takes only a short time for SC to disqualify the PM.its all political decision. ALLAH help PAKISTAN.
AJB
June 22, 2012 7:42 am
please do read the statement of Saif ur Rehman, who actually initiated the case against BB and Zardari
ali ahmed
June 20, 2012 2:41 pm
it was during Sarkosy time when french submarine were purchased.and lot of money involved as kickback..and money was given to Zardari and chief of naval staff at that time
Kiterunner5
June 20, 2012 3:15 pm
Why on earth anyone in any country have the immunity from any wrong doing - if someone has committed an illegal act then s/he should face the charges. end of story.
AFZAL KHAN
June 20, 2012 11:49 am
ONLY HISTRY CAN JUDGE, TRIAL AND SEPERATE MYTH FROM REALITY,
Nighat
June 20, 2012 11:45 am
Sorry, I don't follow the link between Sarkozy and Zardari. How would a corruption case in France clarify Zardari's case? Or are you trying to justify that other politicians are corrupt? Or may be you know much more about the case?
Gulap
June 20, 2012 11:40 am
The only question I have for the Pakistani guardians of law and justice is - where is their law and justice when it comes to this --- "Asif Ali Zardari, although never convicted, was in prison from 1997 to 2004 on charges pertaining to money laundering, corruption and murder." ? If they ever were to work for law and justice they would not have hanged Bhutto - thats it.
Ikram
June 20, 2012 11:42 am
Why does the Western media call Pakistan a poor country. Just read this article and see how many Prime ministers were fired for corruption. All of our Presidents, Prime ministers, Generals are wealthy today due to stealing the countries wealth. They have stolen billions from a poor nation!
john
June 20, 2012 12:57 pm
this is very good jobs and nobody could not allow to accept the respectabel judiaciary in pakistan and strong mans or women has practice to ignore any orders of Judiaciary.
Hussain
June 20, 2012 12:51 pm
Pakistan is going through a confusing history at all level, so this case is too much confusing. What we can understand is that PPP's opposite allies trying to disqualify, hang and alleviate the party from existence. Now even a common citizen may also understand what SC want!!!
haris
June 20, 2012 2:58 pm
Good Job SC, Thumbs Up! Now bring Zardari in the court as soon as possible.
gulshan
June 20, 2012 2:07 pm
Pakistan Zindabad !!!!
ahmed
June 21, 2012 9:55 pm
when judges are free to judge,they must have code of conduct as for taking supreme judicial decisions.how it will be decided that law graduated persons supporting coup instead of constitution and the right to amend the constitution to chief executive. all those culprits and their co partners required to be cleaned before senate of Pakistan. moreover one of the retired justice who was the then president must be asked to clear his position along with judges of high courts, Fedral sahariat court as well as Supreme court from 1998 to today. Anyone Corrupt in the judicial institution is defended by his attorneys who actually dominate and clears them with the support of counterparts requires rigorous amendments.Any judge who ever supported a dictator for a moment would be named as liar and any dictator who took step to form a government by other than election be named as high profile criminals along with their appointments. truth never requires advocacy sir, therefore if Clinton can be impeached being administrator,a person for legal body would be made answerable to public also for his act.
guest
June 21, 2012 9:58 pm
May Allah bring better candidates for all improvement
Wajid_Maqsood
June 20, 2012 3:39 pm
And we make history. We have to judge and hold our politicians accountable
pakistani
June 20, 2012 3:31 pm
The darkest day in the history of Pakistan is when Zardari become the president!
Muhammad Iqbal
June 21, 2012 2:20 am
It would have more sense if you would have wrote it, "An elected prime minister happened to be so corrupt and and unwilling to do anything for his nation the highest bench of the judiciary left just one option to disqualify him."
zubair
June 21, 2012 2:24 am
@Nighat, google sarkozy zardari submarine and then may be may be you will be able to connect the dots !
noman
June 21, 2012 2:46 am
corruption must be eliminated it is sorry state of affairs that head of state if he is sincere should write letter to Swiss authorities..... otherwise people want solution of this dillema and what about immunity if President have??
ali
June 21, 2012 2:53 am
On the contrary June 19 was good for Pakistan where the SC forced a convicted and stubborn PM to step down, a PM who was working to defend a person and not the country he had taken oath to serve.It Was Gillani`s job to write to the Swiss authorities as per orders of the SC.Interpretation of the law is not Gillani`s job.If Zardari is innocent then why does he not voluntarily offer himself for accountability and clear up this fiasco once and for all.
Shaukat
June 21, 2012 3:05 am
A great decision by the supreme court and in fact more such decisions are highly needed to root out corruption. This should be apllicable to all irrespective of their position, power, influuence and wealth.
Sam
June 21, 2012 3:17 pm
The case is against the corrupt people who occupy top post not against the post itself.
Muhammad Bashir Khan
June 21, 2012 4:39 am
Mr. Yousuf Raza Gilani openly defied the directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan and proved he is more loyal to Zardari than this Country. In my opinion disqualification from Premiership or becoming member of National Assembly does not correspond with the crime Mr. Yousuf Raza has committed.
Jon
June 21, 2012 6:15 pm
Another ppp supporter
A Rehman
June 21, 2012 5:07 am
It would have been exactly the same. Less thrillers please.
AJS Minto
June 21, 2012 6:26 am
Sad day for the judiciary as it contradicts its own actions. CJ in its short order has said that it is the courts duty to intrepret the constitution and law, while on the other hand the petitions regarding the presidential immunity lying in its office are still not being heard. Why cannot CJ just hear those petitions and decide whether the president enjoys immunity or not and then ask the PM to send letter to swiss authorities. And i wonder when CJ will take suo moto notice of Said ur Rehman's claims that the decision against Zardari in 1998 was biased and influenced by the then PM Nawaz Sharif. There are many issues pending on CJ's table which have been put aside by him for reasons best known only to him or maybe Army.
hassan
June 21, 2012 6:34 am
What a sorry tale or suspensions and insecurities! In the process, the people have ended up with a poorly furnished economy that is home to millions living well below the poverty line, scarce education, absent tolerance, religion is a weapon and corruption is in the social fabric. Oh yes, and there is no electricity. Pakistan has run its course. The beauty of Hunza is as strong as the ugliness of Pakistan's politics; sadly the former wields no power. The future is quite dark.
Indian
June 21, 2012 6:22 pm
The country is corrupt to the core when the country will be close to bankruptcy and very little money left and massive public rising in form of violent protests happen, the corruption will become very limited you can see the start of it happening.
Deepak Talwar
June 21, 2012 6:46 am
Why did Gilani not write to the Swiss authorities ? Because Zardari knew that they would give an adverse reply. Now the new PM will have to write to the Swiss or face the same fate.The CJP has cornered Zardari and rightly so.Best for Zardari to run away to Dubai while he can. His time is up. It's either back to Dubai or back to the lock up for him.But, Zardari is trying to embroil the CJP in a scam related to his son.The CJP is an upright, fearless man and will not spare even his own son.
MUHAMMAD WAQAS
June 21, 2012 7:01 am
The role of judiciary shows that nobody is below or above the law and everybody is equal in the of law.First time,it is a huge success of judiciary in the history of Pakistan which is the main pillar of the state.Furthermore,the cases against the beneficiaries of NRO should be reopened very soon so that the justice may be flourished in a transparent manner in our country.It is fact that it is a blackest day for the democracy in our country,but the compliance of the orders of SC by the running government clears that the future of democracy in Pakistan looks bright.
Afzal Naqash
June 21, 2012 7:35 am
It is high time for Pakistanies to introspect. How can it be that a new PM will also face the same fate? How long the practice of sending elected PMs to home will continue? Even if fresh elections are held and supposing PPP again retains power, will the practice again start till PPP goes out of power?
Cyrus Howell
June 21, 2012 3:30 pm
"The perfect totalitarian state is one where the all powerful political bosses and their army of managers, control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced because they love their servitude". -- Aldus Huxley, Brave New World
Saood Hasan
June 21, 2012 9:29 am
If someone is not guilty then there is no harm for writing a letter. Only letter is to be written cases will be trialed after completion of the term. What's the problem?
Syed Ali
June 21, 2012 11:18 pm
Thanks Fazl..& if I may add two sitting Presidents of U.S., last one being Bill Clinton were charged with crimes by the Congress; and Richard Nixon, rather than face this, resigned and left the Presidency. Will there ever by accountability in Pakistan?
Shaharyar
June 21, 2012 11:51 pm
That is a question mark as to who elected him. I doubt the people of Pakistan did. He probably paid money stolen from Pakistan's treasury to buy the votes of the poor to get him elected. looking at the way the voting is going on in Egypt, I doubt that a common man (honest man) can become a president or prime minister of muslim countries. Muslim societies around the work are the most corrupt, and are easily bought out by non-muslims for their political gains. The holy prophet said: "the giver and take of bribe will both go to hell." - learned this in grade 10 islamiat studies......still our country and a significant part of the muslim world relies on bribing. Its shameful to call ourselves, Muslims - if we can't be good Muslims we can never be a great nation.
Karim
June 22, 2012 1:41 am
I will count the judgment an impartial one when our honorable supreme court shows same efficiency in Asgar Khan case and other cases of urgent nature so that people will have more knowledge about the politicians in Pakistan. If they don't do then I will have doubt on Supreme court’s impartiality!!!
Nageen
June 22, 2012 1:46 am
who told you Pakistani nation want this decision? Despite all problems , PPP is still the most favorite liberal political party. If you don't believe you will see the next election!!
Irfan
June 22, 2012 3:29 pm
Why is it the bleakest day in the history of Pakistan? Critical component of democracy is check and balance between various institutions which was on display here. While not perfect (and no system really is) it shows that there are lawful means of getting rid of corrupt leaders.
Singer Shah
June 22, 2012 4:35 am
My question is why PM would write a letter against his own President, if the Judiciary is free and competent which is visible by their actions of once sending an elected PM to the gallows and disqualifying the other elected PM, then why not SC can send the letter to Swiss Authorities itself by taking a Suo Motto.
M. Arshad
June 22, 2012 9:37 am
Pakistanis did not elect Zardari directly. I don't believe Pakistani would have or would (going forward) elect Zardari if president is elected directly. The system is such that he was able to maneuver it and get himself elected as President in the aftermath of Ms. Bhutto's murder.
khalid
June 23, 2012 8:05 am
all parliamentarians are corrupt no any politicain could be proved chested those who filed petition against zardari are themselves most corrupt even judges have politicized and bias and targeting only one party which is unfair in recent verdict of our apex court that gillani has been disqualified and can't contest in election for five years . the termination of gillani from parliament is not cogent solution to take the country out from political crisis . actual this is the not political battle but this is the battle of egoism, no any body want to give in . according to my point of view that new elections should be conduct as soon as possible with new care taking set up which should be neutral and all supreme coutr judges including chief justice and president zardari should resign from their status so that country may stable for progress.
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