In what appeared to be a thaw in confrontation between the judiciary and executive, the Supreme Court has approved the amended draft of a letter to be written to the Swiss authorities to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
A five-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, gave approval to the draft during a hearing of the NRO implementation case.
Law Minister Farooq H Naek on Wednesday submitted the draft stating that proceedings in Swiss courts will be conditional to the immunity granted to the president.
According to the reports, the draft letter contains that former attorney general Malik Qayyum letter should be treated as withdrawn. It further states that it should be considered that Malik Qayyum had never written such a letter.
The draft moreover stated that all cases be reopened, adding that, President Zardari had the right of defence in the light of laws and the Constitution.
Justice Khosa had stated the letter’s draft was satisfactory, even praiseworthy, adding that, it was the first time that an honest attempt had been made to write the letter.
To which, Naek had stated that the judges knew best how to dispense justice, adding that, the judges should allow the course of justice to come full circle. The case’s hearing was adjourned to Nov 14.
Earlier on Oct 5, the Supreme Court had given the government until Oct 10 to prepare a conclusive draft of the letter to be sent to Swiss authorities for the reopening of a graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari.
However, on Oct 9, the hitherto perceived face-off between the judiciary and the executive over the language of the letter’s draft turned into a reality.
On Tuesday, the government moved a petition seeking a review of the Sept 18 order in which the court had spelt out four-pronged measures that also suggested monitoring by the court of the matter’s final disposition. The steps included vetting of the letter’s draft by the court before approval.