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Pak court quashes graft case against Zardari

27 August 2017

A Pakistani court Saturday acquitted former president Asif Ali Zardari in a major corruption case that dogged him for nearly two decades, his lawyer said.

Khalid Mehmood Ranjha, the judge of Accountability Court had accepted the application seeking the acquittal of former president. The former president was acquitted in five of the six references after a re-trial before the accountability court.

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NAB re-opened the assets reference in April 2015 as Zardari had completed his term in office.

It may be mentioned here that an accountability court in Rawalpindi acquitted Zardari over in reference pertaining to alleged illegal assets in Pakistan and overseas yesterday. The court noted that the NAB reference was not maintainable as the evidence submitted by the graft watchdog was in the form of photostat copies only, which held no legal value.

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"An accountability court today acquitted Asif Zardari in a case filed against him in 1998 accusing him of making and maintaining assets beyond his known sources of income", lawyer Farooq H. Naik told AFP. Zardari thanked them and said it was all the result of his patience and prayers of the poor and party activists.

Zardari reminded that PPP leaders always respect the court even when opponents registered fake case and propagated self made stories against the leadership of the party. Asif Zardari thanked all party leaders and workers on winning, what he called, "judicial war".

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Pak court quashes graft case against Zardari