Pak presidency rejects reports about Zardari asking law ministry to open Swiss cases

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Lahore, Feb.21 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's spokesman Farhatullah Babar has rejected reports that he (Zardari) has asked the Law Ministry to reopen the cases against him that are pending in Swiss courts.

Babar said the issue was not discussed during the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) core committee meeting, which was held on Saturday.

Earlier, a private television channel had claimed that Zardari has given a green signal to the Law Ministry and the Attorney General (AG) to proceed with process of reopening of the cases.

The channel also claimed that the government would formally request the Swiss government to allow Pakistani officials start the procedure for reopening of the cases on Monday, The Daily Times reported.

It said that Zardari has told his close associates that he is ready to face the Swiss courts and has directed the concerned authorities not to create hurdles in the implementation of the Supreme Court's verdict.

It may be noted that in November last year the apex court had rendered the controversial amnesty law the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) as 'unconstitutional' following which speculations regarding Zardari being tried in the court of law on corruption charges increased manifold.

However, some legal experts argue that Zardari can not be prosecuted as he enjoys special immunity according to the Constitution.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said he would continue his struggle to bring back the looted money from the national exchequer.

During a meeting with Member National Assembly (MNA) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Sharif said he would continue to fight to ensure that the money, which is currently stocked in Swiss banks, comes back to the country. (ANI)

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