National Reconciliation Ordinance News
What is the meaning of National Reconciliation Ordinance?
The national reconciliation ordinance states that all court cases and investigations against persons who have held public office till October 1999 will be terminated.
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION ORDINANCE 2007(full Text)
Pakistan Government, through the President,recently issued an Ordinance, the national Reconciliation Ordinance whereby cases pending in courts against various politicians are proposed to be withdrawn and concernedbpoliticians granted amnesty.
Having come into existence on October 5, 2007, the story of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is a bitter-sweet one – though for even an ardent supporter, if there are any, there is more bitter than sweet. In Pakistan, a growing confrontation between the Supreme Court and the government over sanction to prosecute President Zardari and other top leaders for corruption could lead to a serious political crisis and even the fall of the government. The controversy centres around a law called the National Reconciliation Ordinance or the NRO passed by ... After the court issued a notice to the federal government, acting attorney general Shah Khawar refused to support the ordinance. “That the federation believes in the supremacy of the Constitution of 1973 and the Parliament. That the National Reconciliation Ordinance was promulgated by the previous regime and I am under instructions not to defend it,” Khawar submitted the federal government’s stance in writing to the Supreme Court.There was uproar in Pakistan's political and media circles this week over the intended tabling of the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in Parliament on Monday. The NRO is a legacy of former President Pervez Musharraf which intended to provide legal cover to the late Benazir Bhutto and husband Asif Zardari from corruption cases against them and allow Bhutto to return to Pakistan. Dawn, on November 2 did a recap: "NRO is bound to provoke fiery debates mainly on grounds of morality with the PPP-led coalition government seeking approval of an amended form of the decree that helped its creation and an opposition dominated by one-time followers of the two previous military rulers vowing to block it. The decree, which must come before the house in the form of a Bill, is one of 37 ordinances issued by Musharraf in the twilight of his power and which must receive parliamentary approval by November 28 or they will die under a Supreme Court ruling. In a ruling on July 31, the court nullified that emergency proclamation, but gave the government 120 days to decide the fate of the 37 ordinances after they lost protection given by the extra-constitutional move. An opposition outcry over the approval of a Bill to legitimise the NRO by the ruling coalition's majority indicated there will be no smooth sailing for the draft in the house."