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President Asif Ali Zardari—AP Photo
President Asif Ali Zardari. — Photo by AP/File

ISLAMABAD: The much-discussed letter in relation to the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case has been dispatched to authorities in Switzerland, DawnNews quoted the Pakistan Television as saying.

The Foreign Office had dispatched the letter, which was written in accordance with an order of the Supreme Court, on Nov 5.

The draft of the letter — seeking to reopen a graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari — constitutes the points upon which both the Supreme Court and Law Minister Farooq H Naek had reached a consensus.

The writing and sending of the letter would lead to an ease in the tensions between the state's two prime institutions.

Earlier, the government had contended that the letter could not be written as under the Constitution the president enjoyed immunity from prosecution.

On Oct 10, after more than 30 months into the NRO saga, the Supreme Court had approved the law ministry’s draft of the letter aimed at reopening the graft case against President Zardari.

The allegations against President Zardari date back to the 1990s, when he and his late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto were suspected of using Swiss bank accounts to launder $12 million allegedly paid in bribes by companies seeking customs inspection contracts.

The Swiss shelved the case in 2008 when Zardari became president and the government continued insisting that the president had full immunity.

But in 2009 the Supreme Court overturned the NRO, a political amnesty that had frozen investigations into the president and other politicians, ordering that the cases be reopened.

Comments (35) Closed

farid Nov 07, 2012 04:46pm
Pakistan is a dead nation. They will again vote for him and there will be slogans all over pakistan in few months time " Jeway Bhutto" What a dead cow. Look what is happening in the rest of the world.
farid Nov 07, 2012 04:48pm
Immunity from what , steeling from one of the poorest nations in the world. Wake up PPP Jiala.
Abbas Nov 07, 2012 04:49pm
This is the beginning of the end, of the era of zardari's corruption. :) such a BIG price we all paid in Pakistan.....every single Pakistani has suffered so much that we all shed tiers of blood. Thank GOD. Wish he goes in jails of Pakistan. Ameen.
R. silvan Nov 07, 2012 12:20pm
Perhaps the only trustworthy institute left in Pakistan SC!
Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 07, 2012 05:53pm
Nothing will happen Nawaz Court sorry I mean the SC took too long, Talking about the only hope. The only hope after Allah is the Pakistan Army
peace lover Nov 07, 2012 12:17pm
very sad. the constitution has been violated by writing a letter against him despite presidential immunity. a black day indeed in the history of democracy and parliament in pakistan.
Iftikhar Husain Nov 07, 2012 12:37pm
Eventually the supreme court won this could have been done long ago. We will be waiting for next move from the court.
Naveed Nov 07, 2012 09:26pm
Zaradri is a favorite of USA and Europe these days. Even if there was solid proof against him, nothing will happen to him. One must pay a tribute to the SC judges for being persistent in pursuit of delivering Justice.
impala Nov 08, 2012 01:57am
Dont see an outcome here. This is pre-arranged to appease the masses.
Agha Ata (USA) Nov 08, 2012 01:28am
How could the government agree and reach a consensus with the Supreme Court to send a letter to Swiss authorities that would put Zardari
Shahid Masud (@HotMasud) Nov 08, 2012 01:07am
The nation must know the context of the letter otherwise it is a " NOORA KUSHTI ".
Khan Afzal Nov 07, 2012 10:36pm
There should be no immunity for any one at all. No one should be above law especially when it comes to the looted money of the state.
Malick Nov 07, 2012 09:59pm
Ballay Ballay Sc find the middleway, immunity to president still exist. There is no hope of single penny. One cause, one law, one SC, but the law is applied differently on two PM. One is escape the other is made escape goat. This kind of justice is resembling to a justice given to Bhatto in history. Well done Pakistan keep it up.
S.A. Nov 07, 2012 10:01pm
Can any one in his right mind believe that ANY THING will happen as a result of this letter??? This is simply an eye wash for the public. If the authorities, particularly Zardari did not do any wrong, then why they were so forcefully trying to avoid writing this letter. Any honest person would prefer that a case proceed to clear is as simple as that!! How long we'd go on suffering because of corrupt politicians?
Abdul Nov 07, 2012 08:26pm
In any scenario, this letter would been written and now its written, see whats going to happen now?
Honest Belief Nov 07, 2012 07:31pm
What are the contents of the letter? They should be made available for public viewing to ensure there is no collaboration between the Judiciary and the President.
Javiro Nov 07, 2012 06:38pm
Is the constitution of Pakistan designed to safe guard the interest of the politicians who have written and approved it or the Pakistani nation? If a crime has been committed it must be investigated to ascertain whether the commission of the crime is a fact or not so that common man is satisfied that his rights are secure as per the constitution. No one of any importance in the state should at any time feel that he or she can get away with unlawful activities. Let the Swiss law take its course and soon we will know if any unlawful recourse has been taken in the case by the defendant.
SJ Nov 07, 2012 04:35pm
People who have looted the country HAVE IMMUNITY! Vow. What a country! People who are innocent are behind bars.
Gul Khan Nov 07, 2012 03:55pm
so he(Zardari)wins again.nothing will come out of hope that memo-gate will fare any better. G.Kan UK
janan Nov 07, 2012 03:50pm
Let's see what happen next.
haris Nov 07, 2012 03:41pm
You are so democratic.
SAK Nov 07, 2012 03:40pm
Anyone saying that the SC is the only hope for this country is purely delusional. SC has done nothing so far. Lets take a look at SC's performance over this government's tenure. Politicians that benefited from NRO are still in office. Those involved in corruption are still roaming around freely. Terrorists are set free by the ATC and the SC does not take 'suo moto' notice of that. From Rental Power Cases to Memogate/Bahriagate, SC has failed the people! Which is why I didn't mind Gen Kayani taking a swing at the one-eyed devil CJP.
Muhammad Nov 07, 2012 02:43pm
I have been saying that for several years. Without SC's functioning in this bold way, the so called government will be even wilder.
malik Nov 07, 2012 02:35pm
They should act quickly before he flees the country.
sali Nov 07, 2012 01:58pm
He just needed more time to collect funds and move his assests from swiss bank. He did well,
Masood Hussain Nov 07, 2012 01:57pm
Confidence in S.C is highly misplaced.It is ironical that corruption commited during other regimes but discovered now through efforts of present Govt. are being placed at this Govt door.
Muhammad Salim Nov 07, 2012 01:45pm
SC has wasted five years , no result like other high profile cases mostly politically motivated.
saad Nov 07, 2012 01:22pm
nothing will happen,the swiss auth will reply as the president got immunity.
Ahsan Nov 07, 2012 01:13pm
This was the critical factor obstructing the prosperity of the nation, now i think everything will be fine......
Justice Lover Nov 07, 2012 01:12pm
What about the appointment of an undeniably corrupt person as President? Was it fair to the people of Pakistan and justified?
Gulbaz Mushtaq Nov 07, 2012 01:12pm
The only hope for this country is SC. Well Done.
Idris saifee Nov 07, 2012 01:06pm
Well, i suppose, all the amounts would have already been transferred, and a clean report would come for sure. This is Politics!!!
Ammar Nov 07, 2012 01:06pm
Credit goes to Mr. Zardari His politics are as complicated as the situation of Pakistan.
hamidik. Nov 07, 2012 12:58pm
no comments!
Mahgul Nov 07, 2012 11:46am
Ballay Ballay Supreme Court.... Well Done.