SC Gives Pervez Ashraf Time Till Sep 18
The Supreme Court granted Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf time till September 18 after he assured to make genuine and serious steps to resolve the NRO implementation issue. A five-member bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Athar Saeed resumed hearing of 2009 NRO judgement case.
The Supreme Court, on August 8, issued a contempt notice to Prime Minister Ashraf for not implementing its order of writing a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen a money-laundering case against President Zardari.
During court's proceeding that lasted for about 60 minutes, Prime Minister Ashraf assured the court that he was serious in resolving the issue and sought six weeks time period. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa dispelled the impression that the Prime Minister had to write the letter and stated that the PM office had to authorise someone like the law minister to implement the court's order.
The PM said he would require four to six weeks time to understand the constitutional and legal aspects of the case and to engage his counsel to submit his reply over the show cause notice issued to him, therefore, he might be granted time to make sincere efforts in this regard. "For betterment and solidarity of the country and removal of this air of uncertainty, I require four to six weeks time," he pleaded. Prime Minister Ashraf further said he respected the court and would make serious efforts to end the commotion.
The court appreciated his appearance and said he was a respectable prime minister of a respectable nation and that he was not appearing as an accused. The court, however, expressed its displeasure over the frequent ridiculing statements made by the Punjab governor and asked him to take control of it. Later, the court granted Prime Minister Ashraf time till September 18 and adjourned the hearing.