ISLAMABAD: Detailed report filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Supreme Court (SC) Tuesday duly signed by NAB new chairman Deedar Hussain Shah in respect of implementation of NRO verdict has been returned by the apex court with objections that no affidavit by new chairman of NAB has been attached with the report.
Report said 150 cases had been reopened in line with SC December, 16, 2009 verdict. The report also contains the details on action taken by the government against the NRO beneficiaries. The present status of the cases initiated against the NRO tainted persons in their respective institutions is also laid down in the report.
Replies to the questions raised about the implementation of SC verdict on NRO during the previous hearing have also been included in the report. Details pertaining to Ahmad Riaz Sheikh, Adnan Khawaja and other NRO tainted persons are part of the report. The report carries the details about the off shore accounts and the cases pending in other countries.
A 17-member larger bench of SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will hear the case pertaining to implementation of apex court verdict on NRO on Wednesday. Earlier the SC had rejected government plea for changing its lawyer in NRO review case and refused to allow more time to government. The court had decided that the case would be heard on October, 13.
The government through its petition had taken the plea that Kamal Azfar , counsel for federation had been appointed as advisor to Prime Minister and due to this reason he could not pursue this case under the constitution, therefore, more time be allowed to government to appoint new counsel. Government has once again decided to file appeal plea in the court after its failure in seeking time through first plea.
Law ministry is facing emergency situation due to hearing of NRO case and the ministry has issued directives to Attorney General (AG) and other lawyers of federation to make full preparations for October, 13. The law ministry officials has stepped up efforts to devise new strategy following the rejection of government plea by the SC.
According to law experts if the government again files appeal to seek more time then the chances are rare that the court will be convinced to grant more time. Sources said that any possibility stands ruled out that government would send letter to Swiss government to reopen cases against president Asif Ali Zardari. Government will stand by its stance.
On the other hand a private TV channel has claimed by quoting official resources that after the dismissal of government plea by the SC about changing its lawyer in NRO review case possibility remains there that prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani will in person appear before the court and he is mentally prepared on this count. Official sources also said it would be a very surprising matter if prime minister appears in the court.
Sources told that if PM appeared in the court then he would present government stance therein. On the other hand government stands by its stance that it will not send letter to Swiss government to reopen Swiss cases against president Asif Ali Zardari.-ONLINE