Archives for November 2012

US$ 60 Million Money Laundering Case against Asif Ali Zardari in Swiss Court

Money Laundering Case

Letter to Swiss Authorities Has Been Sent to Bern. Will This Letter Re-Open the Case?

The Answer is No.

The letter which was supposed to be sent to Swiss Court according to Pakistan’s Supreme Court’s instructions has been reached to Pakistan Embassy in Bern and most probably will be delivered on Thursday to Swiss Authorities.

Is there anything going to change?


This is just paper compliance to Supreme Court’s instruction.  PPP released very late after sacrificing one prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gillani that the letter will not re-open the case so there is no harm in writing and sending the letter.

The lawyers familiar with the Swiss Court system including the attorney who was representing the government of Pakistan in this case earlier said until the  case is ‘actively pursued’ in a Pakistani court, Swiss Authorities will not take any action to reopen the case. Then the question is why this boo ha ha. Simply because PPP’s legal team did not know or familiar with the Swiss legal system.  Many Pakistani attorneys mentioned this fact on different TV discussions. PPP’s whole thrust was on the point that president has immunity against any case in the courts inside or outside of the country. But Aitzaz Hassan was not willing to contest this point in the Supreme Court. The result is evident now. But it seems he was afraid Zardari’s election to president may be challenged because there is a money laundering case against him. This was the responsibility of Nawaz Sharif to take up this point but he is neither able nor capable to do that.

That raised the belief that PPP and PMLN have agreed in principle that they will not go against each other. Essentially that was the essence of so called ‘Declaration of Democracy’ commonly known as ‘Misake Jumhooriate’ between Benazir Bhutto of PPP and Nawaz Sharif of PMLN.