NRO: The Complete Judgement [Official]

IFTIKHAR MUHAMMAD CHAUDHRY, CJ. – The above titled
Constitution Petitions have been filed under Article 184(3) of the
Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan [hereinafter referred to as ‘the
Constitution’] challenging the constitutionality of the National
Reconciliation Ordinance (No.LX) 2007 [hereinafter referred to as ‘the
NRO’], while HR cases and Civil Appeal, by leave of the Court, have been
filed by the applicants/appellant for extension of benefit of the NRO to
them.
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Government To Revive Zardari’s Swiss cases, PM pledges enforcement of SC verdict

Following the apex court’s judgment, the Government of Pakistan would be writing to the foreign courts including Swiss to revive the corruption cases against the president of Pakistan. In the Swiss courts most of the cases, closed following NRO promulgation as a consequence of the request of the Government of Pakistan, were pertaining to the alleged corruption of President Asif Ali Zardari. It would be a unique precedent where a government would be writing to another government for the initiation of corruption cases against its own president. President Asif Ali Zardari’s constitutional immunity from criminal prosecution available in the Constitution of Pakistan will not apply in Switzerland where he will be governed by the Swiss law, and the international law for being a foreign head of state after the revival of the closed cases of massive corruption

PM pledges enforcement in letter and spirit

The prime minister had consultations with some eminent constitutional experts about the interpretation of the judgment. Some ‘jurists’ have advised the prime minister to wait till the time the apex court gives a full verdict in the cases, but Prime Minister Gilani has made up his mind to take action in accordance with the spirit of the judgment within 24 hours of its pronouncement.

Lets see what happens, the SC verdict has indeed changed the whole game.

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Supreme Court Declares NRO Null and Void


Supreme Court has just announced what could be called one of the most important verdicts in the judicial and political history of Pakistan. The black law, NRO, has been struck down and done with, once and for all. All the cases including cases against Zardari will now reopen.

Click here to read a short summary the NRO judgement.

According to the judgment, the NRO is contrary to the equality guaranteed by the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan. Similarly, all the cases, disposed off because of the controversial ordinance, now stand revived as of Oct 5, 2007 position, said the judgment.

In addition, the court has ordered the government that it should immediately reopen the Swiss cases concerning President Asif Ali Zardari.

“The provisions of the NRO seem to be against national interests thus it violates the several provisions of the constitution,” the ruling said.

I offer my heartiest congratulations to Pakistanis’ around the world as we have taken the first step to deal with the ever increasing corruption. This verdict will result in the re-opening of about 8000 cases… I wonder how the judiciary plans to handle these cases, in such a huge quantity.

The verdict was suppose to be out by 4:30, but it was delayed by more than 5 hours during which rumors emerged that a military coup might be in store. Fortunately though, the day went through without any mishaps although there were reports of firing in Karachi.

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