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File photo shows Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and senior Pakistan People's Party leader Syed Khursheed Shah.
File photo shows Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and senior Pakistan People's Party leader Syed Khursheed Shah.

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said on Friday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said several times that the cases against President Asif Ali Zardari had been created for political motives under pressure.

In an informal conversation with reporters outside the Parliament House in Islamabad, the senior Pakistan People's Party leader said that he was immensely disappointed by the formation of a two-member committee by the government to probe the Swiss cases against President Zardari.

Shah hinted that using the Swiss cases as pressure tactics to "choke the PPP" may result in “dangerous” consequences.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has himself accepted not once but several times in his television interviews that the cases against Asif Ali Zardari were created by him but by former chairman of the Ehtesab Bureau Saifur Rehman under pressure.

The senior PPP leader said that over the past 17 years, Pakistan had spent millions of rupees on the Swiss cases, but no evidence was revealed to incriminate Asif Ali Zardari. He said that the judiciary should act in such a manner that justice is served to everyone, and that only one political party does not have to bear the brunt of the court's ire.

He said that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) should now decide how to implement the verdict of the Asghar Khan case.

The opposition leader said that no formal consultations had been held over the name of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman, and that he had only had an informal conversation with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar over the topic.

Shah said he was of the view that Article 6, which speaks of treason, should be applied on all those who subverted the Constitution since October 12, 1999. However, he feared that it may be difficult to prove the treason charges on former military dictator General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf. “Will it really be possible to prove in court that Musharraf's actions fall under the ambit of Article 6 of the Constitution?”

Shah contended that the opposition was firm on its stance on the treason case, and urged the government to act quickly lest the courts release the former dictator.

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Shahid Jun 28, 2013 05:51pm

If there was no truth in the cases then why PPP, its prime ministers and the president has always shied away from dealing with them in the court of law. The problem is the truth is known to everybody and denying by Mr. Shah will not make any difference. .

A. Khan Jun 28, 2013 06:20pm

But your leader is innocent. What is the issue with these cases ? There is nothing to fear.

malick Jun 28, 2013 07:19pm

If PM of Pakistan is honest, dedicated, mandator, responsible, experienced and devoted to nation he must implement the order of Supreme Court and the case of Asghar Khan. Let us see the difference in lion of Pakistan and lion of jungle,

Hasan-SZ Jun 28, 2013 07:21pm

Choar machaye shoar !! Zardari thought he would get away with the money, alas..............

Nadeem Jun 28, 2013 07:37pm

Basically Shah Sahab is trying to say, Zardari has no bank account in Swiss banks; he is innocent like a baby. Jobs of the century. I don't understand why people vote for PPP? Do they think they are the only honest party in Pakistan? Or PPP followers are corrupt like their politicians.

Trq Jun 28, 2013 07:57pm


waleed Jun 28, 2013 09:06pm

Well said Mr. Khursheed Shah - the Leader of the Opposition and candidate for Chairman Pubic Accounts Committee. Just two simple questions:

i. Why this hue and cry if nothing wrong has been committed?

ii. What prompted PPP Government to make an under hand request to Swiss authorities for not exploring these cases?

a Jun 28, 2013 09:59pm

We should keep pursuing cases against Zardari until justice is served.

Ahmed bin Babar Jun 29, 2013 12:07am

The PPP has already been choked on 2013-05-11 just because of Zardari.

Ahmer Jun 29, 2013 01:44am

Selective justice at its worst. How about the corruption cases against the Sharif brothers and Dr Arsalaan Chaudhri?

S.Nasir Mehdi Jun 29, 2013 02:40am

If Mr Zardari surrenders the amount which was in Swiss banks, also in other countries, sale proceeds of Surray Mahal brings back to Pakistan he will become an Hero let this be inculcated in his disturbed brain

Asif Jun 29, 2013 08:02am

The PPP attitude and behaviour confirms that Zardari is definately guilty. They clearly show their fear and nervousness. Guilty and innocent people have very different attitudes.

Secondly, Zardari was himself interviewed rgd this before elections, and instead of getting angry at these charges he simply said that Now time is barred and nobody can do anything.

This is peoples money stolen. It is nt Nawaz Sharif or PMl N decision to investigate or not. It is only people's (victms) decision and it is Nawaz Sharif's duty to investigate and punish all who had stolen from Pakistan and its poor people.

mehboob malik Jun 29, 2013 10:36am

i do not know how these people face media and other people by claiming these type of jokes.

Aziz Jun 29, 2013 12:13pm

Mr. Shah did not deny that a second letter was indeed written without the knowledge of the nation. Yet he seems to be more interested in saving the party than saving the country, its reputation and wealth. What brazen and shameless people we have chosen as leaders of our country?