President enjoys immunity under constitution: Farooq H Naek

Friday, October 5th, 2012 2:23:17 by

Federal Law Minister Farooq H. Naek has said that the president enjoyed immunity from prosecution under the country’s Constitution, adding that the government wished to resolve the issue of the Swiss letter amicably.

The federal minister briefed the media after appearing in the court saying the first two paragraphs of the letter to be written to Swiss court for reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari were in accordance with the Supreme Court’s directives.

He reiterated that the Constitution was clear on the issue of presidential immunity.

However, he said that the bench expressed its reservations over the third paragraph of the draft. He also said that his client also has reservations over the issue but the final version of the letter was yet to be taken.

Naek added, “The two sides will have to demonstrate some flexibility to find a solution of the matter. The final decision on the matter will be in accordance with the democratic norms and uphold the integrity of all the institutions.”

He vowed that the system will not be allowed to derail, adding that the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) had given sacrifices for revival democratic setup in the country.

Moreover, he said that any decisions that will be made would be in the greater national interest and would consider the three pillars of the state.

The minister said that decisions could not be made without consultations in democracies, adding that the government would remain flexible in resolving the matter.

He added that many sacrifices had been made for democracy and therefore, those who were aiming to derail the country’s democratic process would not be allowed to succeed.

Earlier‚ a five member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has adjourned hearing of NRO implementation case till the 10th of this month.

During the hearing on Friday‚ Law Minister Farooq H Naek presented before the bench an amended draft of letter to be sent to the Swiss authorities for withdrawal of letter written by former Attorney General Malik Qayyum.

The bench reviewed contents of the amended letter at the judges chamber and raised objections on paragraph three of the draft.

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