Contempt law: Government files review petition against SC's decision

Published: August 8, 2012
Petition filed through federation's counsel, Abdul Shakoor Paracha. PHOTO: FILE

Petition filed through federation's counsel, Abdul Shakoor Paracha. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s decision that outlawed the Contempt of Court Act 2012 (COCA), Express News reported.

The petition was filed through federation’s counsel, Abdul Shakoor Paracha.

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 had met with his legal experts to discuss options to save his second prime minster from being dismissed, as there is no legal immunity for him in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case.

Zardari had also met with Law Minister Farooq H Naek and had 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.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Logic Europe
    Aug 8, 2012 - 11:23AM

    no wonder this government has not been able to do much for its people
    most of its time is spent in courts


  • Caramelized_Onion
    Aug 8, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Wonder how much money this governent has wasted on laws designed to protect its own illegal wealth.


  • sam
    Aug 8, 2012 - 11:27AM

    what is this ping pong. Govt and SC keep playing tennis and people are just watching this game.make or for election.Imran Khan next Prime Minister


  • Ahmer Ali
    Aug 8, 2012 - 11:45AM

    Once again the government is using a delaying tactic to take time from Supreme Court to complete its tenure and to secure Raja Pervez Ashraf from conviction…..
    Very impressive and very well done PPP……….


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 8, 2012 - 11:48AM

    Delaying tactics to cover bad governance.


  • ahmer
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:11PM

    Government should sack the pco judges with retrospect.


  • A J Khan
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:21PM

    Federal Government should file the case in international court of justice. From our courts they will get the same reply.


  • Caramelized_Onion
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:31PM

    @Logic Europe: Spoken like a true Jiyala. There’s no democracy without checks and balances. Get used to it!


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:32PM


    You should also wonder how much time Court wastes on cases which could have been better spent in more urgent matters.

    Are sixty million in Swiss banks more than letting the thousands of appeals getting adjourned all over Pakistan due to the CJ’s incessant need to play politics?


  • Anserali Khan
    Aug 8, 2012 - 1:33PM

    This review petition seems like a re-hearing
    In India (eg VODAFONE Case) the Indian Supreme Court dismissed the Review the same date of hearing by a brief order stating there is No Merit


  • elcay
    Aug 8, 2012 - 2:15PM

    @ A J Khan,

    Looking at the track record of the govt. in accepting the court judgments, do you think the govt. will respect the judgement of the ICJ if its not favourable?


  • Farhat Ali
    Aug 8, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Govt need time as desired by Mr. Zardari till approximately September 2012. When claim for Money laundering will time barred according to law of Switzerland. Hence Govt using delay tactics in this case including Rehman baba selected next PM for given tough time to judiciary.


  • Logic Europe
    Aug 8, 2012 - 6:53PM

    @ cramalised onion
    I AM NOT A PPP supporter but respect it’s jiyalas who have given sacrifices for democracy and not cut deals by signing pardon papers and running away Nor do I support Imran khans tantrums , poor integrity and poor character .
    Checks and balances should apply to the courts more than others We have case of Arslan who is openly defying law with the help of courts Checks and balances for judges who have acquired plots of land for nothing
    see the obvious . A PCO judge has taken over the government ,,he is lecturing aboutbtv programmes Thre is no justice no appeal Jiyalas WILL defeat this tainted ,tarred, biased , CORUPT judiciary


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