BRIEF ON CASES - Senator Zardari
the press release discussed four reference, the PPP said that all four
were concocted as part of the regime's efforts to create a mountain of
cases to usurp the time and life of those who supported democracy
and the rule of law to pave the way for tyranny.
regard to the cases, it said that the BMW case is a concocted case of a
second hand car imported by a person other than Mr. Zardari as admitted
by the prosecution. Even if the car had been imported by Mr. Zardari,
there is not a shred of evidence by which it could be sent to an
accountability court. In cases of disputed duty, the car is seized and
the duty is either paid or the car is sold. Public resources are being
wasted on a persecution to keep the opposition under pressure through
judicial abuse. It is a non case which was created to stop former
federal minister Zardari being released on bail two years back.
The Assets Case
case where disputed assets have been put at the door of Mr. Zardari and
through him at the door of his wife. Using the disputed assets as a
reason for a collateral purpose, the undisputed and owned assets of the
couple have been frozen. The regime is trying to blackmail both former
Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and former federal minister to stop
supporting democracy and peoples rights in the country or they will lose
their owned and declared assets. Both of them are resisting because of
devotion to the people of the country and their dedication to the cause
The real owners of
the disputed assets are being told to commit perjury or face losing
their property through handpicked accountability courts. This is naked
bribe and blackmail by the state apparatus. This is totalitarianism at
its worst where neither democracy nor justice nor the rule of law is
permitted to take root. In the presence of real owners of the assets
concerned, there is no basis for the continuation of this case. The
regime is wantonly abusing the national treasury by perjuring the course
of justice and fabricating cases against its opponents. Meantime, those
who join up with the regime are having their cases withdrawn. These
include federal ministers Jehangir Tareen, Liaquat Jatoi, Mushahid
Hussain, MQM and MMA leaders as well as AQ Khan who confessed to selling
weapons of mass destruction.
to prevent black-marketing and to document the economy, the PPP
government invited tenders and through a transparent process the
ministry of commerce (and not the prime minister's secretariat) awarded
contracts for the import of gold. After the overthrow of the PPP
government, gold import awards were given in a non transparent manner.
In fact this case has no merit in it and ironically it is the present
regime which should be facing charges of abusing authority by giving
gold contract in a non transparent manner.
called Swiss case is in fact a Pakistani case. It is predicated on a
letter of request written by the NAB to the Swiss government wrongly
claiming that the award of the contract to the SGS was illegal. If
Islamabad writes a letter to the Swiss authorities withdrawing the
letter of request and withdrawing as an injured party, the case would
collapse tomorrow. Moreover, the regime has already withdrawn corruption
charges against SGS. The case lacked evidence to the extent that the
Judges were threatened to wrongly pass a sentence. That injustice was
exposed through taped conversations leading to the setting aside of the
sentence. Independent British Jurists opined that the award was made in
a transparent manner and was of gain for the country.
The PPP said that
the cases against the MQM, the MMA, Federal Ministers Jehangir Tareen
and Liaquat Jatoi, A.Q. Khan and others were withdrawn which was clear
proof that malicious prosecution was being indulged in for attaining
political goals to eliminate democracy and the rule of law in Pakistan
which was being resisted by the courageous leadership of Mohtarma,
Zardari Sahib and the workers of the PPP.
Brief Cases List against
Senator Asif Ali Zardari
Reference No. 14/2001
(Assets Reference), Pending before Accountability Court No. IV,
Reference No. 6/2000 (Polo
Ground Reference), Pending before Accountability Court No. IV,
Rawalpindi. Adjourned sine die by Court.
Reference No. 25/2000 (Ursus
Tractors Reference), Pending before Accountability Court No. IV,
Rawalpindi. Adjourned sine die by Court.
Reference No. 41/2001 (SGS
Reference), Pending before Accountability Court No. II, Rawalpindi.
Reference No. 23/2000 (ARY
Gold Reference), Pending before Accountability Court No. II, Rawalpindi.
Reference No. 35/2000 (Cotecna
Reference) Pending before Accountability Court No. II, Rawalpindi.
Adjourned sine die by Court.
Reference No. 59/2002
(BMW Car Reference), Pending before Accountability Court
No. III, Rawalpindi Judge Mohammad Aslam.
In the above Reference, Bail petition filed in February 2002 before
Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Bench was dismissed on 3rd June
2003. No. cogent ground was given for dismissal. Appeal filed against
the dismissal order is pending before Supreme Court of Pakistan since
In all the above References the petitioner
Asif Ali Zardari has been shown to be not arrested --- Thus bail not
applied for except in Polo Ground Reference which was withdrawn after
the statement of Prosecutor General NAB that he has not been arrested
and Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Bench observed that he will not be
arrested without permission of the Court.
Ref No. 27/2000 (Steel Mill Case). In this Reference, Mr Zardari was
convicted by Accountability Court No. Rawalpindi vide judgment dated
12-9-2002 for 7 years imprisonment and Rs 30 million penalty. Appeal
filed against the said judgment in September 2002 before Lahore High
Court, Rawalpindi Bench as well as in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. LHC
Rawalpindi Bench announced its judgment reserved several months ago, on
9 September 2004, and set aside the conviction awarded by Accountability
- Mir Murtaza Murder
Case - FIR 443/96, Case pending before Sessions judge
Karachi (East). Bail granted on
24-11-1998. Till date only 24 witnesses have been examined out of 200
mentioned by the Prosecution. Trial again started on 5th July
2003 after a lapse of 2 ½ years.
- Nizam Murder Case
FIR No. 357/96 of Police Station Feroze Abad, Karachi Pending
before Sessions Judge Karachi Central Bail granted on 12 March 1999.
- Container Case
FIR No. 2/97 of FIA SBC Circle, Karachi Pending before Special Judge
Central, Karachi Bail granted on 28-11-1998. Acquittal Appeal
pending before Sindh High Court, Karachi.
- Alam Baloch Murder
Case FIR No. 70/97 of Police Station Qasimabad, Hyderabad Pending
before Sessions Judge, Hyderabad for trial. Bail granted on
11-12-1999. Trial not yet commenced.
- Sajjad Hussain
Murder Case : Police Stations Defence Karachi Pending before
Additional sessions Judge Karachi South. Mr Zardari was acquitted in
this case by Sindh High Court on 12-8-2003.
- & 7 : Two
Suicide Cases FIR 65/99 and FIR 66/99 of Police Station Civil Lines
Karachi Bail granted on 26-2-2000 Mr Zardari was acquitted by
Judicial Magistrate Syeda Parveen Shah, Karachi on 9-7-2003. In FIR
65/99, Mr Zardari was acquitted on 30-7-2003.
8. KESC Case Karachi Mr Zardari has
been acquitted in this Case by Sindh High Court Karachi in 1998.
Narcotics Case FIR 525/97
of Police Station, Qilla Gujar Singh, Lahore Pending before Sessions
Judge Lahore Bail granted on 15-12-2001.