LAHORE - The Supreme Court has been requested through a writ petition to direct the newly-elected prime minister to write a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening of the corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari in the light of the judicial orders issued earlier.
On the petition of senior politician Dr Mubashir Hassan, who was a close associate of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the same august court had ordered the federal government to ask the Swiss government to reopen the cases against Zardari, but former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani defied the court orders and thus committed contempt of court. The SC court, finally declared him disqualified for not writing letter to Swiss government, said the petitioner.
The petitioner said the disqualification of the ex-prime minister was a lesson for the newly-elected PM.
He mentioned in his petition that Gilani openly refused to write a letter to the Swiss authorities and expressed his apprehensions that Raja, also belonging to the PPP, might repeat the same and he would, thus, not comply with the Supreme Court orders.
The petitioner prayed the court, saying that the new prime minister should be ordered to comply with the Supreme Court judgment on the petition of Dr Mubashir Hassan and ordered to write letter to the Swiss authorities, so that the huge amount kept abroad could be brought back in the country.
Agencies add: A similar application was filed with the Sindh High Court (SHC) in connection with the Swiss cases, in which Maulvi Syed Iqbal Haider, the petitioner, made Raja Pervaiz party to the case and said it was clear from the Supreme Court judgment that every prime minister was bound to write to the Swiss authorities for reopening the graft cases against President Zardari.
He said any failure to follow the directives should be taken as a violation of the court orders.
The constitutional petition will be heard on Monday.
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