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.
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.
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.