Ashraf given two weeks to write Swiss letter or file review petition

SC had rejected federation's reply on Tuesday, directing them to file a review petition.

Web Desk July 25, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Following the dismissal of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s reply submitted a day earlier in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case, the Supreme Court granted Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf till August 8 to write the Swiss letter, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The court also gave the federation the option to file a review petition against its July 12 verdict.

A five-member bench presided over by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa was hearing the case when, upon objections raised by Attorney General Irfan Qadir, Justice Khosa quit the bench.

The attorney general, among other objections had raised the issue that Justice Khosa was not a part of this bench when the NRO case begun, hence he should not be part of the bench now.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had rejected Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s reply submitted to the court, saying that a plea for review of the court’s order should have been filed instead.

The court said that the objections raised mentioned those orders that the court issued to the prime minister on June 26 and July 12, but neither were the copies of these orders attached with the plea submitted nor are these orders revokable.

The court had also said that if the federation wished to get these orders repealed, then it should have, as per the rules and regulations of the Supreme Court, filed a plea for reviewing them.

The federation had submitted a reply on behalf of the Supreme Court on Tuesday which stated that Prime Minister Ashraf cannot write a letter to Swiss authorities.