Government to file review petition against SC contempt law decision

Published: August 5, 2012
President Zardari decides to ask for review;  no legal cover for PM once NRO implementation case is resumed. PHOTO: AFP

President Zardari decides to ask for review; no legal cover for PM once NRO implementation case is resumed. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s decision that struck down the contentious Contempt of Court Act 2012 (COCA), Express News reported on Sunday.

On August 3, a five-member bench, led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, declared COCA null and void– a clear declaration that the court has the right to hold anyone in contempt, regardless of their office.

In response to the decision, President Asif Ali Zardari met his legal experts last night to discuss various options to save his second prime minster from being dismissed, as there is no legal cover for him once the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case is resumed on August 8.

Zardari also met Law Minister Farooq H Naek and held a detailed discussion with him.

The government has already seen one of its premiers sent packing on contempt charges after he refused to follow court orders regarding writing a letter to Swiss authorities – and a similar fate hangs over Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, who has also thus far demurred from writing the letter to the Swiss authorities.

Read: No immunity for PM: Zardari to gather legal eagles to prepare for Aug 8

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Anonymous
    Aug 5, 2012 - 4:30PM

    PPP thinks Review petitions are re-hearing opportunity;they are not.The Hon Supreme Court should dismiss them with short hearing.
    Enough is enoughRecommend

  • shakir
    Aug 5, 2012 - 4:45PM

    slam i think they should leave politics of confrontation and make the laws according to constitution and morality and spirit of Islam. thanks


  • Mubashir
    Aug 5, 2012 - 5:55PM

    This is just a ploy to gain more time. The lust for power and greed for more is endless..!


  • Not me
    Aug 5, 2012 - 6:25PM

    Hon.Supreme Court should make it clear that Review petitions are not re-hearing and may be after quick hearing dismiss the review petition when it is filed.
    Now I guess PPP will say that they will wait for full order before review petition is filed.


  • Logic europe
    Aug 5, 2012 - 7:20PM

    The supreme court will commit judicial suicide if it finds against yhe new PM
    Tbere is extreem anger in many minds bcause the courts have hijacked executive authority Come Nawz next election and judges will be runnny for cover. People who suuport judiciary should encourage judges o make a political party


  • Chandka
    Aug 5, 2012 - 7:40PM

    The same court would come with the similar decisions. Go and implement charter of democracy and constitute the constitutional court. SC has history of beiong anti democratic and pro dictators.


  • AnisAqeel
    Aug 5, 2012 - 7:51PM

    The result is obvious with these judges but at least it will register the case was very bias and judiciary really trespassed another territory.


  • Khalid
    Aug 5, 2012 - 8:11PM

    We are forgetting the main point here, how can we allow the corruption of our president go unnoticed, if the parliament had taken a stand on some moral, dignified issue for the benefit of the people of pakistan than the judges were wrong but the issue here is hiding corruption by the elected members, how can this be allowed, this will destroy the foundations of our country, it is not a war between parliament and judiciary but a tussle between right and wrong.


  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Aug 5, 2012 - 9:52PM

    @Logic europe, Anis Adeel, Chandka

    So u want that 80 ministers of Federal, around 200 ministers of Provinces and about 10 higher office holders of the country should be given immunity against the law. If they dont follow the laws and go against the orders of any court then they should stay untouched as it was passed through Parliament? Shame on such a stance. Different law for 300 elites? What is the crime of SC if it has called this black bill null and void?

    How SC is anti democracy? Because it took action against Steel Mills corruption, Railways Corruption, NICL Scandle, OGDCL corruptions, missing persons case, Hajj Scam and Affi Derain quotas? Think wisely


  • Asad Murtaza
    Aug 5, 2012 - 10:45PM

    Mr. Zardari will try every trick in the bag to delay SC. These guys just want to stall and buy themselves more time so they can enjoy the loot for another 8 months. Next time who knows if our future generations are foolish enough to give this Party another chance.

    Anyone alive in Pakistan right now (who isnt enjoying big CAT diesel generators) will never forget the 5 years of sleepless loadshedding nights for the rest of our lives. All thanks to Mr. Zardari’s 5 years of incompetent governance.


  • dr ajmal
    Aug 6, 2012 - 2:52AM

    How long will you buy by these tactics mr zardari? You cant
    get more than 4 months anyways. Then you will have to get in an impartial PM whether you want it or not otherwise IK with tsunami will demolish your bunkers in presidency. Then the new PM must write the letter and your game over. So is 4 month
    s that looooooong?


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