Ahsan asserts he has raised valid objection in the contempt of court case against Gilani

Reiterating his stance about presidential immunity, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s counsel, Aitzaz Ahsan, said on Wednesday that the objection he has raised in a contempt case against his client was according to the Constitution. Supreme Court of Pakistan
adjourned the hearing till Thursday.

Speaking to the media on the premises of the Supreme Court, he said that the parliament had the authority to make amends in the Constitution and that it could also reverse or change the court’s decision. However, he said that the government was not planning
on doing so at the moment.

“This is not a matter concerning Asif Ali Zardari, this is a matter concerning the president of the country,” he said. “When Zardari’s presidential tenure will end, the court’s decision to write to Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against Zardari
should be implemented.”

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had been repeatedly asking the Prime Minister of the country to write to the Swiss probe in order to re start an investigation in which the President of the country, Asif Ali Zardari was named as being involved with money laundering.
However, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani had blatantly refused the orders of the Supreme Court of the country for which Yousuf Raza Gilani was tried and found guilty of being in contempt of court.

The investigation against Asif Ali Zardari was made to come to halt by the signing of the National Reconciliation Ordinance that was signed by Bhutto during the time that the President of the country was Gen. (retd) Pervez Musharraf. However, the apex court
of the country had deemed the NRO as illegal that in effect called for the re starting of the investigation against Asif Ali Zardari.

However, the government of Pakistan ruled by the Pakistan People’s Party had resisted writing to the Swiss probe by giving the argument that the President of the country enjoyed legal immunity both within as well as outside the country under the constitution
of Pakistan. Therefore, according to the Prime Minister, the act of writing to the Swiss probe would be unconstitutional.

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