Islamabad, Pakistan”s Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf used dilatory tactics and excuses to avoid writing to the Swiss authorities to ask them to reopen graft cases worth 60 million dollars against President Asif Ali Zardari, said Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, the head of the five-member bench hearing the NRO implementation case.
The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, issued a show-cause notice to Ashraf for failing to follow the court”s directives.
The federal government, in response, moved two review petitions challenging the scrapping of Contempt of Court Act (COCA) 2012 and asking Ashraf to implement the NRO verdict.
Ashraf is the second premier to be arraigned by the apex court for committing contempt. Like his predecessor Yousuf Raza Gilani, Ashraf will have to appear before the court in person on August 27 to answer what the five-judge bench described on Wednesday as “calculated defiance”, reports The Dawn.
Ashraf will be prosecuted under the old Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003.
On June 19, Gilani was sent packing after the court disqualified him for committing contempt.