Zardari’s Corruption Saga Continues

Mr. 10 percent faces yet another charge of corruption, this time from a french newspaper. The journalist of the report said that he has written evidence of receiving commission of around $4m during the purchase of three Agosta submarines in 1994.

Daily Times Monitor

LAHORE: French newspaper, Liberation, has accused President Asif Zardari of receiving kickbacks during the purchase of three Agosta submarines in 1994, a private TV channel quoted a French journalist as saying on Thursday.

Talking to the channel, Liberation correspondent Guillaume Dasquie said he was absolutely certain, as he had written evidences of the contract. He said the newspaper had received documents from London and Switzerland and it was clear that Zardari received a “lot of money” from the submarine deal. The newspaper also reported that investigators believe that the non-payment of the full amount of the agreed kickbacks may have led to the deaths of 11 French nationals in a 2002 terror attack in the city of Karachi.

Investigative journalist Ansar Abbasi also recently unveiled how Zardari and his son Bilawal, bought 307 acres of land in Islamabad, at a throwaway price.

A private company owned by President Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Zardari purchased 2,460 Kanals (307 acres) of prime land in Islamabad in March 2009, valued at a CDA price of over Rs 2 billion, for a mere Rs 62 million, proving after a long wait that a 1997 NAB reference against Zardari for the same deal was justified, but had to be dropped then for lack of some missing links.

The latest officially CDA-assessed price of similar land, adjacent to the land in question, is Rs 850,000 per Kanal. If the Park Lane land is assessed on the basis of the rate fixed by the CDA, its market valuewould be around Rs 2 billion for the entire lot. A big chunk of land, adjacent to the presidentís land, is being acquired by the CDA at this rate although Zardari and his company got it for only Rs 25,000 per Kanal, a magic deal by all standards.

Zardari’s association with corruption is nothing new, it is a known fact that he has has accumulated most of his wealth by unfair means. The president already faces many corruption cases in Pakistani courts, which will automatically reopen by the end of November– as the NRO ordinance expires.

To sum it all up, of all the corrupt politicians of Pakistan, Zardari can easily be called the undisputed champion of corruption, the most corrupt figure to have emerged in the history of Pakistan. Enough Said.

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About mak009x
A 15 year old O levels student, crazy about tech, loves politics!

2 Responses to Zardari’s Corruption Saga Continues

  1. Anas says:

    Biased, and nonfactual. Zardari has already been acquitted in that case, in which the French authorities also denied any substance. A few navy personals were charged in that case, and Zardari was released. President also doesn’t face “many” corruption cases, as the article states. 23 out of 25 or so cases have been resolved and Zardari been acquitted.

  2. mak009x says:

    Don’t worry my friend, cases against Zardari will reopen as the NRO expires… lets hope justice is served… and are you denying written proof ? Politicians in Pakistan have always been acquitted because we never had an independent judiciary.
    The truth will come out soon though.

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