'Writing to Swiss magistrate equal to insulting nation'

Latif Khosa says there is a misperception that the govt is not implementing SC order on Swiss case.


Express September 29, 2010

The Prime Minister's Adviser on Law, Latif Khosa said that asking a Swiss magistrate to try President Zardari is tantamount to insulting the people of Pakistan.

Participating in a discussion on the NRO on Express 24/7's programme Witness with Quatrina, Khosa said there is a misperception that that the government is not implementing the Supreme Court order on the Swiss case.

He said the government has invoked a constitutional remedy under Article 188 by requesting the Supreme Court to review its decision. That in no way amounts to disobeying the court, he said.

Khosa also added that there are several instances where the apex court had reviewed its decisions which includes the Nawaz Sharif disqualification case.

He said the Supreme Court will be informed that the president not only enjoys constitutional immunity but also immunity under the international law.

COMMENTS (8)

Ahmer Ali | 11 years ago | Reply Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahamtullah.This is not shameful for the Pakistani nation.This is only shameful for the President Zardari and if you want to avoid yourself from this act of effrontery then present President Zardari in Supreme Court and NAB voluntarily to face the allegation imposed on him instead of giving him immunity and exemption.The nation is already facing shameful and present political conditions in Pakistan in the form of leaders' fighting to be in the governmental setup like cats and dogs.
basharat | 11 years ago | Reply If the Constitution of Pakistan has any significance, then the President has unquestionable immunity against initiation or continuation of any criminal proceedings during his tenure of his office as president of Pakistan. Article 248 ( 2 ) is applicable in this regard which states; 248. ( 2 ) No criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the president or a Governor any court during his term of office. The commentators have given their opinion with prejudiced mind against Mr Zardari . The Article may not be a good law , the remedy is available in the Constitution, it can be removed by following the procedure prescribed in Article 239. In the circumstances , I must agree with Mr Latif Khosa.
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