Attorney-General Pakistan Anwar Mansoor on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that Law Minister Babar Awan was creating obstructions in reopening the Swiss cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Mansoor said he was unable to get the details of the Swiss cases. Subsequently, the Supreme Court summoned the Law Secretary.
Earlier, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to send a new letter to Swiss government for reopening cases against President Zardari and termed the pervious letter as unsatisfactory.
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A six-member larger bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry while hearing a case regarding implementation of SC verdict on annulled National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), said that the letter of NAB should have been routed from the Law Ministry with due approval from Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The CJP in his remarks said the letter has no legality as it has not been written by the government itself.
Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday said that Swiss government would not accept NAB law. The Attorney General told the court that the law Ministry has NAB’s letter, which would be sent as per legal procedure.
The SC on the occasion gave deadline to NAB lawyer Abid Zuberi and Attorney General till 1 pm to get the approval of Prime Minister for sending such letter to Swiss authorities. Also, the court ordered to AG Anwar Mansoor to inform the court in written till 1 pm about measures being taken in this regard.