Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday met with President Asif Ali Zardari in capital Islamabad and discussed the detailed judgment of the Supreme Court against the NRO.
The NRO provided a broad sweep of amnesty to almost 8000-plus accused of civil and criminal cases.
According to the constitution, President Zardari enjoys immunity from any and all criminal proceedings until he held the position of the constitutional head of the federating units. But political observers and legal analysts opine that Mr. Zardari’s election to Presidentship may be subject to legal challenge since he was an “accused in Swiss case” when he became the President.

The Supreme Court in its unanimous verdict struck down the NRO ab initio which automatically made Zardari persona non grata per the constitution, a position challenged by his supporters.
Analysts from both sides of the divide disagree.
After his crucial meeting with Zardari today, the Prime Minister issued directives to concerned authorities to implement the Supreme Court’s judgment on National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), saying that the President enjoyed the immunity under the Constitution.
The Prime Minister also talked to the media in Lahore today and said his government respected all the institutions of the state and will implement all the judgments of the apex court in letter and spirit.
“We’ve come to power not from the backdoor but with the votes of the masses … Neither I see any danger to the government nor to the democratic system but it is strengthening further,” the PM said while brushing out the impression that SC’s ruling on NRO may weaken the government.

The PM said that PPP leader and renowned lawyer Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan has met with President Asif Ali Zardari and provided him legal consultation on Supreme Court’s verdict against NRO.
Observers believe while President Asif Zardari has been weakened both morally and legally as a result of the Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict against the NRO, he still enjoyed the support of the “powers to be”, which meant he may remain in his seat unless the parliament acts to throw up a new political arrangement with the blessings and tacit support of all.
PML-Nawaz, the largest opposition party, through its third tier leadership, has expressed it did not want to see President Zardari exit. It has also said it would not allow un-democratic forces from stepping in – alluding to the military takeover which has been the norm in such situations in the past.
PML-N’s latest position is key to understanding Pakistan’s politics, says one observer. The army is too busy performing its tasks on both fronts: handling fallout from the Afghanistan war on the Western front and preempting Indian designs on the eastern front.

At the same time, Pakistan’s biggest partner USA, wants Pakistan to “continue” fighting its war against those who threaten its boundaries and lifestyle – meaning al Qaeda and its affiliates. Therefore, USA cannot afford “instability” or “major shakeups” in Pakistan’s political dispensations. That does not mean, minor growing pains related shakeups in Pakistan’s political landscape will not be tolerated and accepted by Washington, said one analyst.