NRO implementation: SC asks Gilani to write letter to Swiss authorities...again

Published: March 8, 2012
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Attorney General of Pakistan directed to convey the directives of the Supreme Court to the premier "immediately".

Attorney General of Pakistan directed to convey the directives of the Supreme Court to the premier "immediately".

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday while hearing the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case, directed Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to write a letter to Swiss authorities again, Express News reported.

Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq was directed to convey the directives of the Supreme Court to the premier “immediately”.

The prime minister has been directed to submit a report in the court by March 21, 2012, after writing the letter.

Prime Minister Gilani was served a contempt notice in the NRO implementation case when the government did not follow the court’s orders of writing a letter to the Swiss authority to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Gilani’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan maintains that Gilani should not have been held in contempt of court because he was advised not to write a letter to Swiss authorities by the law ministry.

In the NRO verdict, the Supreme Court had cited international law on corruption and some instances involving former heads of states but did not deal with immunity enjoyed by Zardari as a serving head of state.

SC should write letter to Swiss authorities itself if it is so important: Bilour

Federal Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said that if writing a letter to the Swiss authorities is so important, then Supreme Court should write one itself or wait for the government’s term to end.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • 3footninja
    Mar 8, 2012 - 11:33AM

    Dear CJ, this drama has been going on the the last 4 years. It concerns the most ‘high-profile’ individual in the country, and is worth $60 million of this very poor country. These people obviously aren’t writing the letter, why don’t you just get it? Stop this drama for God’s sake and convict them already!

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  • MAD
    Mar 8, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Prime Minister Sahib please please please write the blasted letter and end this.

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  • well-wisher
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:21PM

    A very embarassing situation for both PM and Supreme court of Pakistan who passed the same direction several times for the past two years with former rejecting the same for one pretext or the other. The court in its own wisdom and propriety should not have been passing the same direction to the PM once the case was already under progress in the court for his acts of ommissions and commissions.

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  • Shaheryar Lakhani
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:32PM

    Supreme Court is playing their cards now. Earlier PM had an excuse that he was advised by Law Ministry or bla bla persons but now it has ordered to write a letter ‘without consulting’ law ministry or anyone else. — good move by SC! — now that’s what you call “politics”. :)Recommend

  • Syed Farrukh Hussain Shah
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:35PM

    Dear CJ…

    Please announced something…yes or no….please stop this drama….giving time agaiin giving time…very simple…one side there are clear instructions of court.. on other side summary from principal sectretary…if PM didnt write letter, it means he chosed sectretary over Suprem Court of Pakistan…no need for any evidence…

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  • syed Imran
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:42PM

    Lets see what advice he now recieves from his Law Minister>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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  • Mar 8, 2012 - 2:28PM

    PM write the letter please, obey the court orders

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  • Parvez
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:48PM

    This is not about writing a letter, this is about obeying the order of the Court.
    In this case what adds insult to injury is that not only is the order not being obeyed but the Court is being made to look ‘ helpless ‘, as well.

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  • sohails
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Where this all money came from? This Govt will never write letter as said by Zardari himself in Geo tv program. Then why is this all fuss for last 4 years. Mr. Aitizaz will definitely drag this for another year (No doubt). He has to do this after getting senate ticket. Now everyone forget about the letter bur remember Gillani (The most beneficial of this Govt. all his relatives are now elected),

    Can anyone justify that all this huge sum of money belong to Zardari family? Can anyone justify how this money has been made? How much money Zardari have before coming into power? What’s was the source of this money? Yes, we have to give credit to Zardari & family that no one till today been able to prove those charges.

    PPP Government has never been the friends of Pakistan as far as our memory goes… Only the powerful & rich people supporters of PPP prosper. Can anyone tells us how much money has been borrowed from banks in last 4 years.

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  • Mar 8, 2012 - 5:24PM

    Vienna,March 8,2012
    Surely the Supreme Court of Pakistan has the right to disqualify and
    dethrone the President of Pakistan.Without doing that first step how
    on earth can it inflict contempt of court charge on the Prime Minister?
    The Prime Minister will write to Swiss authorities to
    prosecute the former President.As long as the President sits as the
    HEAD of STATE no Prime Minister can take action against the HEAD
    of STATE. Does Supreme Court authorize a coup in this case? What
    does the entire bunch of the Supreme Court decide on a legal coup?
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna Recommend

  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Not only SC, even the whole world says to Gilani to write letter to Swiss, he will never write, because our President has immunity.

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