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Pakistan Attorney General quits over amnesty law controversy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 3, IRNA -- Pakistan Attorney General Friday resigned after a controversy emerged over the non-implementation of the Supreme Court order, which has called for revival of money laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari.

In December, the Supreme Court annulled an amnesty law introduced by former military President Pervez Musharraf and ordered revival of corruption cases against President Zardari, several sitting ministers, political leaders and thousands of top government officials.

The Court had ordered the government to write to the Swiss authorities to revive money laundering case against President Zardari but government was reluctant to re-open case against the President.

Attorney General Mansoor Ali Khan said he has tendered resignation as the Law Ministry and Law Minister were not cooperating to implement the Court’s decisions.

“It was difficult for me work in this situation,” Khan told reporters. He said he has sent his resignation to the President.

The Attorney General resigns at a time when pressure is mounting on the government to re-open graft case against President in Switzerland.

The court has been told that there is some sixty million dollars in Swiss accounts of President Zardari and his slain wife Benazir Bhutto.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1032653



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