LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan said on Saturday that President Asif Ali Zardari will have complete immunity in Switzerland under the Vienna Convention, reported Express News.
Speaking to the media in Lahore, Ahsan said that his stance differs from PPP’s decision regarding writing of letter to Swiss authorities, adding that it is not necessary that his stance stays the same as the decisions taken by the party’s top leaders.
President Zardari had earlier, in an interview, said that most PPP leaders believe that the government should not write a letter to the Swiss authorities requesting reopening of graft cases against him.
The president had said that writing a letter to the Swiss authorities would be tantamount to putting the grave of his slain wife Benazir Bhutto on trial. He added that after the expiry of his term, anybody could put him on trial.
Ahsan also denied reports that he had contacted Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) on behalf of his party for backtrack diplomacy, and he added that there was also no communication going on between the government and the judiciary.
Ahsan further said that democracy in the country will not be in danger if the prime minister is removed constitutionally and a vote of confidence is passed in the assembly in a parliamentary manner.
“Democracy is only in danger from people who think of or carry out unconstitutional or extra-constitutional acts,” he said.
The leader denied of receiving offers for the prime minister’s post or the party’s chairmanship, saying that being a part of the party, he has submitted his application to contest in the upcoming Senate elections.
Commenting on the sacking of the defence secretary by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Ahsan said that the prime minister has the right to appoint his team and to dismiss an official from his responsibilities.
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