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    36 politicians, 3 envoys among NRO beneficiaries;

    Beneficiaries outed

    * NRO beneficiaries’ list includes names of Asif Ali Zardari, Altaf Hussain, Rehman Malik, Aftab Sherpao, Ahmed Mukhtar, Farooq Sattar, Babar Ghauri, Salman Farooqui, Tariq Anees

    * State minister for law says Supreme Court will decide fate of beneficiaries g Government will implement SC decision in ‘letter and spirit’

    The government officially announced on Saturday the names and details of some National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) beneficiaries – which include President Asif Zardari, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, several federal and provincial ministers and top bureaucrats.

    The NRO would cease to be a law on November 28, as the government has already decided not to legislate on the document in parliament.

    Minister of State for Law Afzal Sindhu released the names of 248 of the 8,041 beneficiaries – whose “fate would now be decided by the Supreme Court (SC)” – at a press conference, which followed a meeting with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

    The beneficiaries include the top leadership of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the MQM and the PPP-Sherpao (PPP-S) – in addition to several cabinet members, retired bureaucrats and technocrats, former military officials and diplomats.

    Names announced on Saturday include Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, PPP-S chief Aftab Ahmed Sherpao, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar, Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister of State for Housing Tariq Anees, PPP Secretary General Jehangir Badar and Nusrat Bhutto.

    Of the 248 names announced on Saturday, 36 are politicians.

    The list of public servants who benefited from the NRO features the names of Pakistani Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani and Secretary General to the President Salman Farooqi. The APP news agency said two other envoys were also among the NRO beneficiaries.

    Sindhu said the government would not only accept the SC verdict on the fate of beneficiaries – whatever it may be – but would also implement it in “letter and spirit”. He said in case the court decided that the ordinance was ultra vires to the constitution, all cases closed under the law would reopen.

    Replying to a question, Sindhu said Zardari had constitutional immunity under Article 248 of the constitution as head of state.

    Sindhu said most of the cases were “politically motivated”, and Nawaz Sharif had “admitted the fact”. He said the names of the prime minister and his wife were not on the list.

    Daily Times


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    Re: 36 politicians, 3 envoys among NRO beneficiaries;

    NRO List Shows 34 Politicians Out of 8000

    A majority of the NRO beneficiaries have been bureaucrats and government officials as a list, released by the government on Saturday, contained names of only 34 politicians out of a total of 8,000.

    According to the list, almost 97 per cent of the beneficiaries are from Sindh. The ordinance will lapse on Nov 28 in the light of the Supreme Court’s July 31 verdict in the PCO judges case.

    The list shows that a total of 8,041 people — 7,793 from Sindh — have benefited from the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), promulgated by former president Pervez Musharraf on Oct 5, 2007.

    These people have got withdrawn 3,478 cases (3,320 in Sindh) registered against them on charges of corruption, financial bungling, misuse of authority and criminal charges.

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