NRO implementation case: SC gives PM Ashraf time till Sep 18

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has appeared before the Supreme Court today in the contempt of court case regarding the implementation of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) as decided by the coalition partners Sunday.

The court has also directed the prime minister to appear in person before a five-judge bench on next hearing.

The five-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa comprises Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan, Justice Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Athar Saeed was hearing the case.

During the hearing, Justice Khosa remarked that, “You are a prestigious prime minister of the prestigious nation.”

The PM, standing in the rostrum, said that he was keen to solve the issue, adding that the foreign diplomats always ask questions regarding the issue whenever he meet them.

The premier sought four to six week time to solve the issue saying he want to consult with constitutional experts. He said he was sure that he will find out a way that will also increase the respect of the judiciary.

The bench said that his (PM) governor daily gives contemptuous statement against the judiciary. “It seems that he has no control over the governor.”

The prime minister requested the court to withdraw contempt notice against him as he was going to China on official visit.

The bench said that they have no option but to implement the orders. They asked the PM to make commitment and nominate a person who would write letter to Swiss officials.

Earlier on August 8, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had issued a contempt notice to PM Ashraf for not implementing its order directed him to appear in person before a five-judge bench on August 27 to respond to the notice.

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  1. Judiciary is the weakest of the 3 pillars of constitution. Legislature derives its strength from the people’s mandate from time to time – Executive from having the arms of the law. Judiciary is entirely dependent on the goodwill and righteousness of the people and their support in case if other pillars disregard its orders.
    So, it is essential for Judiciary to maintain its dignity, aloofness and outright fairness in all its actions. CJ Ifthikar is undermining the judiciary. He validated the PCO and undermined the constitution. He was involved in shady deals and now he is openly confronting Parliament and executive.
    I think there is enough ground for his impeachment. If Civilian representatives had any sense they’d send out a strong message to Judiciary that encroachment of Parliamentary rights won’t be tolerated. If CJ still insists on misinterpreting intent of parliament & law – then he should be impeached.

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