NRO implementation case: SC retracts contempt notice against PM

Published: November 14, 2012
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Law minister presents receipt validating that Swiss authorities received letter; court says govt complied with orders. PHOTO:FILE

Law minister presents receipt validating that Swiss authorities received letter; court says govt complied with orders. PHOTO:FILE

ISLAMABAD: Following the dispatch of the Swiss letter from the Federation, the Supreme Court on Wednesday retracted the contempt of court notice against Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case, Express News reported.

Heading the hearing today, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who penned down the order, said that the government complied with the court’s directives of writing a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

The contempt issue was disposed of by the court.

Law Minister Farooq H Naek appeared before the court and presented the receipt validating that the Swiss authorities have received the letter from Pakistan’s Ambassador in Switzerland.

Along with the receipt, Naek also presented Ashraf’s approval and law ministry’s summary regarding the letter.

Speaking on the premises of the Supreme Court, Naek said that Pakistan’s envoy in Switzerland sent his representative to Swiss authorities, who received the letter and issued him a receipt.

“The court has disposed of the contempt of court notice against Prime Minister Ashraf and said that the government has complied with directions given by the Supreme Court in paragraph 178 of its judgment dated December 16, 2009 in the case of Dr Mobashir Hasan,” said Naek.

The law minister said, “We do not want any confrontation within institutions… We want all institutions to play while being in their crease.”

Naek said that the envoy had forwarded all the documents which were presented before the court today, after which the court decided to conclude this aspect of the case and withdraw its contempt of court notice against Ashraf.

He said, “Whenever the court issues orders, we comply with it. We want democracy to thrive in this country and don’t want it to derail.”

Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that the NRO implementation case has been disposed of, while only the contempt notice has been retracted. The error has been rectified.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Mirza
    Nov 14, 2012 - 10:51AM

    It was really worth all that time, negative energy and money? Pakistan has reached its peak and greatness by proving to the world that we can easily outsource even our legal cases and dirty laundry and not solve them in our own courts in decades. Now the problems of the country are solved and everything is great.

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  • asim
    Nov 14, 2012 - 11:01AM

    It is a shame for the democracy and people of pakistan that the apex court is writing to foreign government to investigate graft charges and the person still clings to be the president.Yesterday CIA chief resigned on just having extra martial affairs.

    As per constitution he can not hold his position as the highest court of the country has shown no-confidence.

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  • Fed up Pakistani
    Nov 14, 2012 - 11:26AM

    He said, “Whenever the court issues orders, we comply with it. We want democracy to thrive in this country and don’t want it to derail.”

    We do not want PPP’s Democracy

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  • A J Khan
    Nov 14, 2012 - 11:36AM

    What is so great about all this for both side of the divide. They both have pulled each others T in public.

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  • Sultan Khan
    Nov 14, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Ego of the Supreme satisfied. Now the rivers of honey and streams of milk shall start flowing in the country. However, there is one danger hidden. Now as the case of the sitting President of Pakistan has been sent to a country which is under the total control of western powers these powers may blackmail the President on certain issues. Tow the line given by us or you shall be prosecuted for the charges of corruption and we have capability to prove them right even if they are wrong. Here lies the wisdom behind the impunity of the sitting President.

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  • imran
    Nov 14, 2012 - 12:23PM

    poor Gilani

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  • Zubair
    Nov 14, 2012 - 1:57PM

    Good to hear that. Now bring in Malik Riaz vs Arsalan Iftikhar case

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  • usman
    Nov 14, 2012 - 2:00PM

    Now wouldn’t it be great if based on this letter, the Swiss are somehow able to re-open the cases against AZRecommend

  • Rana
    Nov 14, 2012 - 3:01PM

    A big WINK for Gillani Sb, Raja Rocks!! LOL

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  • Abdullah
    Nov 14, 2012 - 9:09PM

    @Fed up Pakistani:
    Majority wins in democracy if you are against them vote against them,If you are unsuccessful don’t say that you don’t say you don’t want democracy because that’s your only chance to remove PPPP govt,I dont like people of Central Punjab cause they vote for PML-N but it will be wrong to say “we hate them then we should kill them take their voting rights away” because maybe some day they will vote for PPP or I will vote for PML-N .PLEASE DONT VOTE FOR ONE PERSON VOTE FOR FOR WHOLE PARTY BECAUSE MIRACLES HAPPEN ONLY IN MOVIES .

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  • S K Afridi
    Nov 14, 2012 - 10:50PM

    He should now be tried for his corruption in Rental Power plants scandal.

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