Feb 10

Graft cases against President Zardari can’t be reopened

Islamabad: The Swiss authorities said on Saturday, responding to the letter sent by Pakistani government on the directives of the Supreme Court, that they cannot reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.Asif Ali Zardari

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government had sent the letter to the Swiss authorities in November after the Supreme Court’s verdict in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case.

Federal Minister of Law Farooq H Naek has confirmed receipt of the letter from Swiss authorities and sources said Naek would himself apprise Zardari about the contents of the letter.

Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was disqualified for committing contempt of court by not writing the letter to Swiss authorities.

The rift between the government and the judiciary ended when the incumbent Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf appeared before the SC and told it about the government’s willingness to write the letter.

The apex court had given the government one-month deadline to write the letter to the Swiss authorities to withdraw a previous letter to the Swiss government by former attorney general Malik Qayyum who sought closure of alleged graft cases against the president.

Mar 08

Supreme Court orders PM Gilani to write letter to Swiss authorities

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to write letter to Swiss authorities to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari without seeking advice.
Supreme Court of Pakistan
The SC in its verdict ordered the prime minister to inform the court on March 21 after writing letter. The proceedings of the contempt case to continue meanwhile, the order said.

Source: The News