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Pakistani Supreme Court withdraws contempt notice against PM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Nov 14, IRNA -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday withdrew the contempt notice against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, local media reported.

A five-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer observed that the government complied with the court’s directives of writing a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Law Minister Farooq H Naek appeared before the court and presented the receipt validating that the Swiss authorities have received the letter from Pakistan’s Ambassador to Switzerland.

Along with the receipt, Naek also presented Ashraf’s approval and law ministry’s summary regarding the letter.

Speaking on the premises of the Supreme Court, Naek said that Pakistan’s envoy in Switzerland sent his representative to Swiss authorities, who received the letter and issued him a receipt.

“The court has disposed of the contempt of court notice against Prime Minister Ashraf and said that the government has complied with directions given by the Supreme Court in paragraph 178 of its judgment dated December 16, 2009” said Naek.

The law minister said, “We do not want any confrontation within institutions… We want all institutions to play while being in their crease.”

Naek said that the envoy had forwarded all the documents which were presented before the court today, after which the court decided to conclude this aspect of the case and withdraw its contempt of court notice against Ashraf.

He said, “Whenever the court issues orders, we comply with it. We want democracy to thrive in this country and don’t want it to derail.”

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1031960

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