Pakistan court summons former president Zardari

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Islamabad, April 17: A court in Pakistan on Friday summoned former President Asif Ali Zardari in a graft case, media reported.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Rawalpindi has reopened a five-year-old reference against him for acquiring assets illegally, Dawn online reported.

Zardari summoned in graft case

The name of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was a co-accused in the case was eliminated from the reference following her assassination in 2007.

The court has summoned the former president, asking him to appear before it on April 27.

The case was filed by Special Prosecutor Raja Khurram Ejaz which he had filed on behalf of NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry.

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The prosecution in the case argues that presidential immunity for Zardari has now expired and that the case can now be reopened.

The case was filed in 2001 in which Zardari was accused of misusing authority during his wife's tenure as prime minister.

The reference was dismissed in 2010 under Zardari's presidential immunity but was restored when National Reconciliation Ordinance was declared null and void.

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