ISLAMABAD – The former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari had never accepted that he or his late wife held secret bank accounts in Swiss banks but his application to seize the ownership of Benazir Bhutto’s jewelry raised the suspicions that $ 60 million money laundering could be true as well.
The co chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), had applied for the return return of the jewelry worth over $ 300,000 through an off-shore company.
Although he tried pretty well to keep the move secret. But one lawyer in Switzerland, who represents the government of Pakistan, has now informed the federal government about the situation as Swiss authorities require official stance in the matter.
It was believed that the ornaments were seized in 1997 during the tenure of Nawaz Sharif’s government when investigation of a money laundering case was lodged against the couple.
The lawyer has sought guidance of the government so that he could submit reply with the Swiss attorney who sought Islamabad’s response within ten days.
No official clarification from PPP’s sources made public in this regard when contacted by the correspondent.
It is worth mentioning here that during the PPP government had sacrificed its own Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, who refused to write the letter to Swiss Authorities for reopening of all cases against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari.
PPP’s leader continued their war of words against then chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, for trying their dead leaders. However, no one in the lines of PPP ever accepted that Benazir or Zardari held secret bank accounts in Swiss Banks which hold as many as 60 million dollar currency.
Later, a letter was written to Swiss Authorities when Raja Pervez Ashraf took charge as Prime Minister. But the language of the letter and unnecessary delay in writing it had made cases in Swiss courts null and void.