Nargis Sethi appears before the court

The Secretary of Defence and Cabinet, Nargis Sethi, appeared before the Supreme Court to record her statement regarding the Prime Minister contempt of court on Wednesday.

The seven-member panel of judges led by Justice Nasir ul Mulk heard the statement which Ms. Sethi gave in favor of the defence team of the case. She brought along copies of the summaries of September 21, 2010 and May 21, 2010 order along with a written document where the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had pursued according to the Supreme Court’s request to reopen Swiss cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

The summaries she brought along were the evidence of the Ministry of Law instructing the Prime Minister to not write any letters to Swiss authorities requesting information on accounts of the President of Pakistan. Lawyer of PM has already been informing the court that the PM did not intend for contempt of court but only acted upon as instructed by advisors and the ministry of law to not write the letters.

Supreme Court acknowledged the summaries submitted by Nargis Sethi; however, criticized Aitzaz Ahsen that the summaries should have been submitted to the court before the beginning of the hearing. Mr. Ahsen also asked the court to summon the concerned officers from ministry of defence and law to the court and get their statement. Request to call Babar Awan to the witness box was also put forward.

The court was adjourned till March 8, 2012 for further review of the case.

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1 Comment

  1. The evcomment_IDence provcomment_IDed by the witness shows that the lac of ability to execute the authority of PM as envisaged by the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. If PM accept the executive summary forwarded by the Ministry of Law, it is clearly assumed that the prime minister had, in principle, agreed the version of concerned ministry. On the other hand prime minister may reject by applying his mind; the proposal sent for conscomment_IDeration and necessary action. Prima facie, it looks that the ministry of law has much influence against the authority of a PM. There is a question, as to how, why and what circumstances, the prime minister has adopted the summary whereas the supreme court of Pakistan has already ordered to write the letter to Swiss authorities.

    If, however, prime minster Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani, reluctant to accept the proposed summary, he was spouse to record the reasons for not accepting, rejection, adjourn, postpone or resend the same for more comprehensive reasons by the proposer.
    By doing so,the contempt of court seems to be as clear as crystal and the prime minister must be held accused…

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