The Supreme Court, rejecting the attorney general’s reply on behalf of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, ordered the premier to write the letter to Swiss authorities and submit a report to the court by July 25, Express News reported on Thursday.
The court stated this in its order issued during the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case hearing.
The order, also hinting at a contempt of court notice, stated that laws applicable to former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani were also applicable to the current prime minister and if he did not implement the court’s order, action would be taken against him in accordance with the law and the constitution.
Earlier, unable to submit a reply from Ashraf, Attorney General Irfan Qadir said that once the Law Ministry sent the summary, only then would the cabinet be able to come to a decision.
The attorney general, during the hearing of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case said, “I believe the prime minister and the cabinet will decide together.”
The case was being heard by a five-member bench presided over by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
When Justice Khosa replied saying, “You mean first the Law ministry will give its suggestion then the cabinet will decide?” the attorney general said that since the law minister and secretary were new, the cabinet would reflect upon the matter and give a final decision.
He further told the court that he had to leave the country and asked that the case be heard afterwards, adding, “I am sure that the cabinet will have made a decision by then.”
“You have given us your response, now wait for ours,” Justice Khosa remarked and had reserved his verdict on the attorney general’s reply till 3:30pm.