ISLAMABAD, The Supreme Court (SC) has sought reply from Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on whether or not he will write a letter to the Swiss authorities by July 12 to re-open graft cases involving President Asif Ali Zardari.
Hearing the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) Implementation case, a three-member bench comprising Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh directed Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir to consult with the prime minister in this regard.
The SC on Wednesday observed that the court order regarding writing letter to Swiss authorities is not being implemented, however, the court expressed hope that the new Prime Minister will implement the court orders as the former Prime Minister was punished in the same case.
Later, the proceedings adjourned till July 12
It should be mentioned here that the court, on March 8, directed the then Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to write the letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening the graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, regardless of the advice, and submit a report on March 21 after implementation of the order.
But, Gilani refused to do so and the court subsequently on April 26 convicted him on contempt charge. Later on, the court, moving on numerous identical petitions against National Assembly speaker’s decision not to send reference to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to move against Gilani, disqualified him on June 19.