Zardari makes another shot, acquitted in corruption scam

The accountability court on Saturday acquitted PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in a reference filed against possessing alleged illegal assets in Pakistan and abroad.

Khalid Mehmood Ranjha, judge of Accountability Court No 1, had accepted the application seeking the acquittal of the former president. PPP leader Farooq H Naek represented Zardari in the court.

Earlier this month, the court had reserved the judgment on the petition seeking the former president’s acquittal.

The accountability court had conducted daily proceedings on the application in the nearly two decades old corruption reference filed in 2001 and later closed in 2007 under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), issued by the government of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf.

In the reference, PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his late wife Benazir Bhutto had been accused of making assets by illegal means.