NRO judgment: Petition moved to direct PM to write Swiss letter

Advocate says new premier should learn from predecessor’s ‘mistakes’.

Our Correspondent June 24, 2012


A constitutional petition has been moved in the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry seeking to direct new premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to write a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Advocate Shahid Naseem Gondal filed the petition through senior counsel AK Dogar. The petition states that the Supreme Court’s NRO judgment in 2010 had clearly directed the federal government to take immediate steps to seek the reopening of cases in Switzerland.

Gondal says that former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani faced conviction and disqualification for flouting the apex court’s judgment and the new premier should learn a lesson from his predecessor and take immediate steps as directed by the Supreme Court.

Gondal added that the former prime minister had stated on record that no Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) prime minister would ever write a letter to Swiss authorities.

Therefore, he believes that the current prime minister may not comply with the orders.

He requested the court to issue directives to Prime Minister Ashraf to write a letter to the Swiss authorities immediately in compliance with the judgment in Dr Mubashar Hassan’s case (NRO annulment case).

A judicial notice is expected to be served to Prime Minister Ashraf on June 27, asking him to implement the directives contained in paragraphs 177 and 178 of the NRO judgment, regarding writing a letter to Swiss authorities.

Published In The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2012.


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