Graft cases against Zardari to be re-opened

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Islamabad, Mar 31: In what might cause fresh trouble to President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan has asked Switzerland to reopen graft cases against him, a lawyer for the government's top anti-corruption agency informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Mar 31.

This development comes after the agency, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was asked to revive all corruption cases related to the alleged stashing of USD 60 million in Swiss banks.

NAB Chairman Naveed Ahsan's lawyer Abid Zubairi said, "Authorities had written letters to Swiss Attorney General and other officials to reopen the corruption cases that were closed under a controversial graft amnesty issued by ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf."

"The NAB has taken steps to reopen 152 cases in which Zardari is named as an accused and the Foreign Ministry has been asked to cooperate in reopening the cases in Switzerland," Zubairi said.

On Tuesday, Mar 30, the apex court had threatened to imprison the NAB Chairman after the government failed to meet a 24-hour deadline to reopen hundreds of graft cases, including those against Zardari and his close aides.

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