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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- An amnesty protecting Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari from corruption charges expired on Saturday and threatened to cast the nation into political crisis.
The National Reconciliation Ordinance, an amnesty passed in October 2007 under then-President Pervez Musharraf, protected more than 8,000 bureaucrats and politicians, including Zardari and his wife, late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
The supreme court could reopen corruption cases against Zardari if it declares the ordinance under Musharraf's military rule was unconstitutional and never approv