Implement amnesty law or face action, Pakistan SC warns govt

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  1. JAISWAL

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    Implement amnesty law or face action, Pakistan SC warns govt - The Times of India
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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court warned
    the government of action if its verdict on
    amnesty law, which granted immunity to
    politicians and bureaucrats in corruption cases,
    was not implemented by January 10. The court
    had declared the amnesty law, National
    Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), void.
    To implement the SC order, the government
    must reopen graft cases against thousands of
    people, including Pakistan President Asif Ali
    Zardari. These cases were closed under the
    amnesty law promulgated by former president
    Pervez Musharraf in 2007 to enable slain leader
    Benazir Bhutto's return to Pakistan from self-
    imposed exile. Benazir had a number of cases
    against her pending in courts.
    The Supreme Court's warning intensified
    pressure on an embattled Zardari because
    implementation of the verdict will require the
    government to write a letter to Swiss authorities
    to reopen corruption cases against him.
    A five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed
    Khosa expressed displeasure over non-
    implementation of the court order and said it
    would take action for non-compliance against
    those responsible, irrespective of their office or
    authority.
    The NRO granted amnesty to politicians, political
    workers and bureaucrats accused of corruption,
    embezzlement, money laundering, murder and
    terrorism between January 1, 1986, and October
    12, 1999. The judiciary, which was restored after
    a successful campaign to oust Musharraf, had
    struck down the NRO. A 17-member bench
    headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad
    Chaudhry had declared it unconstitutional on
    December 16, 2009. The court dismissed the
    government's review petition on November 25,
    2011 and directed that the 2009 order should be
    implemented.
    While striking the down the law in 2009, the
    court said all beneficiaries of the "now defunct
    NRO" would have to face trial. Among them is
    President Zardari charged in accountability and
    money-laundering cases.
     
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  3. bhramos

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    What exactly amnesty law,???
    is it shariyat law???
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    What power does the SC have to enforce its decision?
     

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