Raja Pervez Ashraf being asked about NRO by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a directive to the newly elected Prime Minister of the country Raja Pervez Ashraf that asks for the status on the stance that he would take on the National Reconciliation Ordinance case.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had directed the former Prime Minister of the country Yousuf Raza Gilani to write to the Swiss probe in order to re open a case in which the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari was named as being involved in money laundering
along with his wife the deceased Benazir Bhutto. However, the ex Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani had repeatedly refused the directive of the Supreme Court to write to the Swiss for which he was called to the apex court and held in contempt after
which he was duly discharged of his duties.   

The newly elected Prime Minister of the country is a former federal energy chief who has a separate set of corruption charges piled up against him. Other than that, the new Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has shown no indication that he plans to comply
with the same court order for which Yousuf Raza Gilani was relieved of duty.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has also been accused by some legal as well as political analysts who say that the apex court led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry is acting to destabilize the government of Pakistan ruled by the
Pakistan People’s Party.

One analyst, Mahir Ali, expressed herself on the stance of the Supreme Court on the current issue in the following words while writing for the newspaper Dawn, “There is a place for judicial activism in almost every country, particularly one in which the
rule of law has all too often been conspicuous by its absence. But the rule of law does not mean rule by the Supreme Court, which has no right to be a substitute for parliament.”   

The newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan is also expressing the same stance as his predecessor that the constitution of the country allows the President of Pakistan to be immune to any legal action.

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