New PM Refuses To Write Letter To Swiss Authorities Against President
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf made it unequivocally clear last week that come the next Supreme Court hearing, the government's stance on not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities will remain unchanged, adding that the "PPP leaders and workers would not let their first class President capitulate before a third class Swiss magistrate, as the Constitution forbade it."
"All the legal experts have given us the same opinion so we will see the matter from the same angle," the PM said while talking to columnists and editors at the Governor's House.
He said that President Asif Ali Zardari would enjoy constitutional immunity till his last day in office. "He (Asif Zardari) is the democratically elected President of Pakistan and as per law he enjoys immunity as long as he holds office.
In an interesting new twist to the issue that has already claimed his predecessor's head, Raja Pervez Ashraf said that it was actually the Constitution itself that hindered writing a letter to the Swiss authorities. Ashraf said that the government believed in the supremacy of the Constitution and law. He said that the government's stance over the letter to the Swiss court would be made public on July 12.
He said if all institutions in the country worked within their ambits, there would be no problem in the country. Raja Ashraf said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) was willing to sit with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).