NRO implementation case: Zardari invites allies ahead of PM’s court appearance

Published: September 17, 2012
ANP to take up Sindh LG ordinance during the meeting. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ANP to take up Sindh LG ordinance during the meeting. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: With the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court on September 18, President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday extended an invitation to all coalition partners for a meeting intended to thrash out a unified strategy ahead of the prime minister’s scheduled court appearance.

While talking to The Express Tribune, sources revealed that the meeting would focus on seeking advice from coalition partners and would discuss the emerging scenario in case of an adverse decision against the prime minister.

The meeting is expected to be the second phase of a consultative process initiated by the president. In the first phase, an informal meeting with senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders was held at the presidency on Saturday where the issue of writing a letter to Swiss authorities was discussed in detail.

Sources revealed that possible government response on NRO implementation was also discussed with party leaders.

Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf will be appearing before a five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa to inform the court about his government’s strategy regarding implementation of NRO verdict. The premier had earlier assured the court of his desire to find an agreeable solution to the deadlock after he was served with a show-cause notice for not implementing its orders on writing a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Zardari.

Monday’s scheduled meeting will be the first meeting of allies after Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) parted ways with the ruling coalition in Sindh over promulgation of the Sindh local government ordinance.

When contacted for confirmation, Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel of ANP told The Express Tribune that ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan would attend Monday’s meeting and added that “it is likely that our party would be taking up the matter of the Sindh local government.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:56AM

    In this meeting once again the another new PM’s name shall be nominated or any new conspiracy shall be prepared to save current PM Raja Pervez Ashraf from removal/termination from his office by resisting and disobeying the Supreme Court’s decision regarding NRO case’s implementation or writing the letter to the Swiss authorities by using any easily possible available lame excuses and delaying tactics to complete the tenure instead of accepting and obeying the Supreme Court’s decision/order of writing the letter to the Swiss authorities……


  • Kashif Hussain
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:56AM

    Shame for government and its allies. What will be discussed in this meeting with allies? All are doing contempt of court.


  • Farrukh Abbas Hashmi
    Sep 17, 2012 - 10:56AM

    As the elections are coming each party has concerned with public appreances and willing to get a recognizable position so the recent meeting of recent Govt & its alliances would be crucial where different matters regardind law & order would be discussed and also on NRO verdict stance from PPP will be discussed whether NRO verdict should be implemented or Raja has to write a letter to swiss authorities to bring the Money from swiss banks it depends lot on coallation partners of current GovtRecommend

  • Polpot
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:27AM

    What are the odds that by the weekend Pakistan will have a new PM?
    Pls dont blame me if I want to make some quick money.


  • Logic europe
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:59AM

    a court that is insisting on writting a useless letter that will disgrace pakistan in the whle world is contempting against itself
    The politicaly biased self serving courts must be resisted It is a disgrace to go on and on about this matter while pakistan is at the brink of so many disaters


  • asim
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Shame for pakistani institutions and SC that such an important issue is pending since long.


  • Sep 17, 2012 - 7:11PM

    What NRO, what Supreme Court and what politicians, all are set to put Pakistan in hell! Now, this is wonderful opportunity to all stakeholders for mega corruption as election days are to come in near or far future!

    What happened if Zardari is sent to Swiss authorities? And what happened if he is adhere protect himself for examination before the court and, moreover, what happened if nothing is doing.

    Chaudhry present himself as a hero of law..

    All, Chaudhrys,Sharifs, nawabs etc are agents of new world order!!!!Recommend

  • Naseem
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:20PM

    Zardari-haters, for genuine reasons or personal vendetta, had been predicting that he would not spend New Year’s Eve in the Presidency. Making that a starting point for the PPP government to get squashed or emasculated, our fortune-tellers have been projecting different scenarios. This has not happened and the PPP government, along with President Zardari, is still in place. Media pundits have been forecasting on the basis of their past experiences when, apparently, the overthrow or demise of the ruler at the top, resulted in a total overhaul or change of the system. But in current scenario any move to dislodge incumbent stake holders of Govt would open a new chapter of clash. However President Zardari or the PPP government is mandated by masses for the five years, could be sent packing only by an outright military takeover, although some forces are using Judiciary instead of military at this point. It might also be a wise tactics to create situation by using Judiciary, so that military top brass forced to crush the democratic Govt under its boots. In fact this situation does augur well neither for PPP and democracy nor for Judiciary. Judiciary must avoid the clash if does want to keep its respect in minds and hearts of people.Recommend

  • peace for all
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:26PM

    For all ruling partners Zardari adopted given & taken formula as
    Given here(shelter in court) taken there (incoming election).


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