ISLAMABAD: In a surprise disclosure on Saturday, the government released a list of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) beneficiaries, despite previously refusing to submit these details in the National Assembly and the Senate.
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid Senator Tariq Azeem had recently sought the details of NRO beneficiaries in a question submitted with the Senate, but the chairman had declared the senator’s question “inadmissible” on technical grounds, and said the matter was sub judice.
Similarly, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced on the floor of the National Assembly that the names and details of the NRO beneficiaries would be tabled in the House, but nothing came to light. But when the name of the prime minister’s wife also appeared in media, he not only clarified her position at a press conference, but also said he was displeased because the names of politicians and bureaucrats who benefited from the NRO had not been released.
NAB, however, instantly announced that the name of the prime minister’s wife was not on NRO beneficiaries’ list.