Letter to Swiss authorities: Govt files review petition against SC order to PM

Published: August 8, 2012
Asks courts to set aside its order as it was not implementable. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD JAVAID/ EXPRESS

Asks courts to set aside its order as it was not implementable. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD JAVAID/ EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Attorney General Irfan Qadir on Tuesday filed a review petition against the Supreme Court order passed on July 12, which ordered Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to write letter to Swiss authorities regarding the reopening of cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

The order was passed by five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case.

Through its review petition, the federal government has asked the court to set aside its order as it was not implementable.

According to the review petition, the prime minister had not received any advice to write the letter, adding that he was not bound to write the letter.

The petition further stated that the Supreme Court’s June 27 and July 12 orders were unlawful and if the letter was written, it would violate Article 248 (2) of the Constitution as a result.

The petition maintained that the main judgment in the NRO case was recorded by a 17-member bench and it could not be implemented by a seven-member bench.

It also stated that the issue of implementation of para 178 [writing a letter to Swiss authorities] no longer arose as the court had already punished one prime minister for not obeying the court order.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Khalq e Khuda
    Aug 8, 2012 - 10:47PM

    Instead of giving Nishan e Imtiaz to former services chiefs: President should award one to AG Irfan Qadir. He has been the sanest voice in Court and has shown these judges their rightful place time and against whilst trying his best to safeguard Constitution.


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 8, 2012 - 10:52PM

    The Attorney General because of his hostile behaviour and arrogant attitude will definitely help to sink the present government which will be welcomed by he people.


  • Waseem Arain
    Aug 9, 2012 - 12:07AM

    so finally they are ready to discuss 248(2) in the court.


  • azmat khan
    Aug 9, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Well done govt.Recommend

  • Asad Murtaza
    Aug 9, 2012 - 2:18AM

    We’re wasting millions of rupees per day on these hearings. Every single Pakistani on street knows what President Zardari is doing is unethical and just plain ghunda-gardi. Just send the President home and ask for Re-election. Hopefully people will realise this time not to trust the current parties in govt again.


  • Max
    Aug 9, 2012 - 2:24AM

    Petite egos at fight and nothing else. What is wrong in sending the letter? It is not indictment in any sense. Same goes for Mr. CJ a.k.a. Thanna Muhrar of Pakistan.


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