ISLAMABAD: During a meeting held on Thursday night, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani expressed concerns regarding the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country especially in Karachi and Quetta to President Asif Ali Zardari.
According to sources, Army Chief Kayani expressed concerns regarding the ineffective use of civilian law enforcement agencies to President Zardari. Sources further add that the Amry Chief also told the president about the presence of armed wings in political parties along with raising the issue of contacts between terrorist groups and political parties.
Army Chief Kayani said that the army was willing to support civilian law enforcement agencies at the request of the government.
The Corps Commanders’ meeting held on Thursday also discussed internal and external security threats to the country while during his March 6 visit to Karachi; General Kayani also received a briefing regarding the security situation in the city.
The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of NRO implementation case till August 8.
The Supreme Court extended till August 8 the deadline for Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to approach Swiss authorities to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, a case that had cost the Prime Minister’s predecessor his job.
During today’s hearing, Attorney General Irfan Qadir requested that the case be put off till after Eid-ul-Fitr but a five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa rejected his plea and adjourned the matter for two weeks.
Attorney General also objected to Justice Khosa’s presence in the bench, claiming that he was prejudiced.
He asked Justice Khosa to distance himself from the case but the bench rejected this request too.
Justice Khosa said he would immediately quit the bench if he had any prejudice.
The judges will not do anything that can harm the country or derail the democratic system, he said adding that the judges stand for democracy and want it to be strengthened.
“How can you level charges of prejudice against me?” Justice Khosa asked. He further said the judges respected the President as much as anyone else.
But the Attorney General said he was concerned at the apex court’s order of July 12 to the Prime Minister to revive the graft cases and to file a compliance report to the court.
The Attorney General further said the government intends to file a petition seeking the review of July 12 verdict.
Justice Khosa remarked that the federation can file an appeal by August 8.
Islamabad—The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to write the letter to Swiss authorities to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari without seeking advice.
The orders were issued by a seven-member bench of the apex court that resumed hearing on the contempt case Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf against on Thursday.The apex court directed the Attorney General to inform Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf about their order.
The bench directed Raja Pervez Ashraf to write to the Swiss authorities and submit an implementation report by 25 july.
The court has already formally charged the Prime Minister for contempt of court. The government has so far refused to write to Swiss authorities as the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) insists the President enjoys immunity under the constitution.Zardari has repeatedly stated that writing to Swiss authorities will amount to putting the grave of his slain spouse on trial.
The apex court said in its orders that the contempt hearing would continue against the Prime Minister as he is reluctant to obey the court’s previous orders.
The judges ordered the Attorney General to keep the court informed about any progress on the orders.