The Supreme Court of Pakistan has given a deadline to the new Prime Minister of the country Raja Pervez Ashraf regarding the writing of a letter to the Swiss probe for the restarting of an investigation against the President of the country Asif Ali Zardari
as his name has come up in a money laundering case along with his wife.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan had issued the same order to the former Prime Minister of the country Yousuf Raza Gilani but he had failed to comply with it. Therefore, after a lengthy procedure of legal proceedings, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had held
Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt of court and had discharged him from office. Subsequently, the new Prime Minister of Pakistan is obliged to carry out the order that his predecessor failed to do so.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has not been given as much time as his predecessor was given to act upon the order as he has been issued a direct deadline with the warning that necessary constitutional actions will be taken against him in the event that
he fails to comply with the court orders.
The deadline comes after the passing of the bill in the parliament of Pakistan that deems it unconstitutional for holding the provincial as well as federal government officials to be held under contempt of court.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued its orders to the present Prime Minister of the country Raja Pervez Ashraf in the following manner, “Adjourned to 25.07.2012 on which date the Prime Minister of Pakistan / Chief Executive of the Federation shall cause
a report to be submitted before this Court regarding compliance of the directions contained in paragraphs No. 177 and 178 of the judgment passed by this Court in case of Dr. Mobashir Hassan (the NRO case) failing which this Court may initiate any appropriate
action under the Constitution and the law.”
The former Prime Minister of the country Yousuf Raza Gilani had argued that the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari enjoyed legal immunity both inside as well outside the country therefore no legal action can be taken against him.