Apex Court gives Government until 10 October for Swiss Letter

Today, Friday, 5 October 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan extended the time to prepare a final draft of the letter which is to be sent to the Swiss authorities so that the case against President Asif Ali Zardari, can be reopened. 

A five-member bench of the court headed by Asif Saeed Khosa J vetted the letter’s draft submitted by Law Minister Farooq Naek but the Court took the view that the draft was not in spirit of its Order. According to Dawn News, the Court thought the:

[T]he first and second paragraphs of the draft were in accordance with the court’s order but the third paragraph conflicted with the first two paragraphs as well as with the court’s order.

Khosa J remained that the last paragraph of the draft letter needed to be rewritten and he was optimistic that the matter was close to being resolved.

The Court did not entertain a request by Naek to protect the contents of the letter from public disclosure but, instead, granted his request by giving the government a few more days.

Granting the minister’s request, Justice Khosa said the matter was nearing a resolution which was why the court would give the government more time. It seems that the government and the judiciary are getting on a bit better these days.

Let’s wait and see ..

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