SHAFI BALOCH and Amir Riaz KARACHI/LAHORE - Accountably Court of Sindh on Friday summoned for January 8 next year Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, among the 52 high-profile people, who had been among the NRO beneficiaries. Mir Muhammad Sheikhs court issued summons to the nominated people mostly representing members of the federal as well as the provincial Cabinets, including Rehman Malik, Sindh Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, Salman Farooqui, Usman Farooqui, Ch Sharif and others to appear before the court. Rehman Malik was summoned in yellow cab reference case Rehman Maliks Attorney Khawaja Naveed said he was not aware about the case in which the AC summoned the minister, saying he was not in a position to tell anything before checking the case file. He also denied rumours about issuing of arrest warrants against the minister by the court. While talking to media representatives, Naveed said the AC has not issued arrest warrants for the minister. He said in light of the apex court verdict the Accountability Court judge has said the case would reopen from where it was closed. Meanwhile, Sindh High Court has granted interim bail to Secretary to President Salman Farooqui till December 30 in the sum of Rs0.5 million in three cases. He has been charged in three different cases including his alleged involvement in ARY gold scandal, issuing the export permit to a party illegally and irregularity over textile quotas. He filed his bail plea through his counsel Iqtidar Ali Hashmi, while his bail was granted on medical grounds. Earlier, a day after the Supreme Courts judgment over NRO, all the district provincial prosecutors have been directed by Prosecutor General Sindh to resume hearing of the cases, abolished under the NRO. In context of December 16 SC order, all the cases abolished on Nov 5, 2007, stand revived. Deputy Prosecutor General Sindh NAB Aslam Butt said after the SC order the cases have been transferred to Sindh Accountability Court. Meanwhile, as the cases against NRO beneficiaries stood reopened, the accountability courts at Lahore on Friday summoned 32 accused persons including PPP General Secretary Senator Jahangir Badr, Nusrat Bhutto as well as former provincial minister Malik Mushtaq Awan. Three NAB courts have summoned the accused persons for different dates. Badr was summoned for December 23, Nusrat Bhutto for January 12 while Mushtaq Awan for January 6 next. On May 30, 2008, an accountability court while invoking the NRO, had acquitted Nusrat Bhutto, who faced a charge of accumulating 1.5 billion-dollar illegal assets. As Begum Nusrat had never appeared before the AC, it finally awarded her three-year imprisonment in absentia under section 31-A of NAB ordinance on November 18, 2000. Badr, who had two cases against him, and Awan were acquitted from NAB references on March 10, 2008 by accountability courts at Lahore. They had invoked the presidential pardon under the NRO. Ahmad Sadiq, former principal secretary to former PM Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, was also acquitted from the NAB reference on the same day along with former chairman District Council Ch Zulfiqar, ex-MNA and chairman district council Lahore Ch Shaukat Ali, ex-MNA Haji Kabir and former chief secretary Punjab Javed Qureshi. They too have been summoned. Against Badr, NAB, in 2003, had filed a reference of acquiring assets disproportionate to his known sources of income during his stint as a federal minister. The assets which he was said to have illegally accumulated and could not account for are shares in the Bakhtawar Hotel, Dubai Hotel, International Hotel and National Tourism Hostel in Lahore, shares in hotels in Dubai, London and Toronto, a petrol pump in Virginia USA, shares in a 'kamani factory on Bund Road, shares in Usman Plaza, Lahore Hotel on McLeod Road and the Butt Plaza in Badami Bagh, two houses in Allama Iqbal Town Lahore worth Rs20 million, an under-construction house on a 10-kanal plot in Ali Town on Raiwind Road and a two-kanal commercial plot near Thokar Niaz Beg Lahore. The second reference against him was about misusing his authority by illegally allowing various people to set up 61 petrol stations of PSO. This reference is still pending. Against Mushtaq Awan, the NAB, in 2002, had filed reference, accusing him of causing Rs75 million loss to Sheikhupura District Council by awarding an illegal octroi contract. His brother Ishtiaq Awan was also an accused in the reference. In the district council reference Ch Shaukat Ali, Riaz and others were accused of purchasing 321 kanals of land in 1991 for Rs20 million after forging documents and later selling it to Rural Development Authority. The NAB accused Ameer Nawaz, Javed Qureshi and Shaukat Ali of embezzling Rs350 million from the Lahore district councils funds and transferring the money to Haji Kabirs personal bank accounts. However, Ameer Nawaz was released after an out-of-court settlement with the NAB. Ch Zulfiqar was also accused of misappropriating money from the district councils funds in the same reference. Ahmad Sadiq was accused of acquiring assets beyond his known sources of income. According to the prosecution, Sadiq had joined government service in 1957 and retired on December 31, 1984. During this period, Sadiqs assets were disproportionate to his income. Later, Sadiq had served as principal secretary to the prime minister from 1985 to 1996. During this period, Sadiqs income was Rs13.015 million whereas his expenditure was Rs32.413 million. The other accused persons, who were summoned by the courts include Seth Nisar, a renowned industrialist besides three former MPAs, Rana Nazir, Mian Rasheed and Mian Tariq Mehmood. Staff Reporter from Islamabad adds: In Accountability Courts Rawalpindi, the judge has issued summon notices in ARY Gold and SGS references to former Chairman CBR AR Siddiqui, Haji Abdul Razaq and one of the directors of the company Jan Mohammad, and Brig (r) Aslam Hayat, former chief secretary Punjab. It is pertinent to mention here that the main accused in both these references were late Ms Benazir Bhutto and her spouse President Asif Zardari. As Ms Bhutto is no more while her spouse is President of Pakistan and could not be summoned due to the presidential immunity, so the rest of the accused were served with summon notices.