Swiss letter written, sent via Foreign Office on November 5: Report

Published: November 7, 2012

The court approved the draft on October 10 and the federation was given a 4-week deadline. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The letter to Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, was written and sent through the Foreign Office on November 5, Express News reported the state television channel as saying on Wednesday.

In September, after months of sparring, the executive and the judiciary deadlock saw a breakthrough when Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf agreed to write the letter, and assigned the task to Law Minister Farooq H Naek.

After weeks of delay and corrections, the country’s top court had approved the Swiss letter draft submitted on October 10.

On the appeal of Law Minister Farooq H Naek, the federation was given till November 10 to send the letter to Swiss authorities.

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had directed Naek to dispatch the letter, indicating further progress since the Supreme Court gave the government draft of the letter a final nod.

Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir, however, had said one day earlier that he had not yet received any directions to write the letter to Swiss authorities.

Reader Comments (17)

  • ayesha
    Nov 7, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Finally the drama ends…Thank GODRecommend

  • Naseem Ch
    Nov 7, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Why didn’t they send it through a special messenger, Mr Gorgage, the Postal Minister ?

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  • HA
    Nov 7, 2012 - 4:12PM

    Big deal. The attention of the obstinate court should be focused on pending cases of ordinary citizens, instead of wasting precious time on writing of a meaningless letter.

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  • Googly
    Nov 7, 2012 - 4:29PM

    now the Attorney General will that sending the letter through Foreign Office will have no legal effect and should have been sent through him……so the drama will continue !!!

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  • kilo tiger
    Nov 7, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Congratulation..finally sigh of relief for all of us. hope lordships will not now insist on reminders to the Swiss for an early favorable response

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  • Jibran
    Nov 7, 2012 - 5:19PM

    All the problems in the country, especially those pertaining to the judicial system stand resolved now.

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  • Mahmood
    Nov 7, 2012 - 5:19PM

    I’m wondering how the courts ensured what precisely was sent – i.e. what stops anyone from flipping around the content in transit?

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  • Nov 7, 2012 - 5:34PM

    The old question again!
    If this were to happen at all, why scapegoated Mr Gillani?

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  • asim
    Nov 7, 2012 - 6:08PM

    So why is he holding the office still?

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  • elcay
    Nov 7, 2012 - 6:18PM

    @ Googly,

    I agree with you. The Swiss AG will return the letter( as was a NAB letter) citing legal glitch. The letter should be writtten by AG as was done by AG post NRO.Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Nov 7, 2012 - 6:55PM

    My lord , are u satisfied now ?

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  • Jibran
    Nov 7, 2012 - 7:17PM

    @asim:
    Your ridiculous, illogical, and irrelevant comments were amusing only initially, now they tend to seem childish nuisance.

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  • asim
    Nov 7, 2012 - 8:33PM

    @Jibran:
    Let me explain for you- One of the constitution article lays conditions for the public office holders including president…They should be of good reputation… etc etc.
    The pursuance of the SC against the president for graft charges is a great proof & he does not deserve this position.
    This makes pakistan laughing stock in the whole world.
    He must step down immediately as this is causing a bad name for the country. The apex court pushing for letters and he wants hanging with democracy. This is a very serious issue for law makers, courts and armed forces also. This must be taken seriously.
    I hope the chilish coments are explained now?

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  • Kaashaan
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:37PM

    This government got what it wanted by prolonging this case. They’re at the end of their 5 year tenure. Tons of money and loot to enjoy for their future generations.

    What has happened in this delayed justice (if you can considered it served at this point), shows exactly whats wrong with our system. First this government was elected with 30% overall bogus votes (that’s enough to help win even a losing party), Then the president was elected by a majority of the guys who got elected by bogus votes. This is a chain reaction of corruption, filth and lies.

    I wonder what the Quaid would feel if he saw the state of his country that these savages have brought it to.

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  • Ali
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:21AM

    Is this not a trial against the grave of Bhutto?

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  • Aftab
    Nov 8, 2012 - 4:53AM

    Hope this incompetent government has learnt a lesson. All that’s remaining is for Zardari to be brought to justice as is the norm in a civilised democracy

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:55AM

    Obama has won , now the second term of president in Pakistan is also certain as the My Lord will remain calm and quite this time .

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