ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was shocked to hear from Attorney General Munir A Malik on Wednesday that the previous government without the court's knowledge had sent a second letter to the Swiss authorities asking them to shun cases against President Zardari.

During proceedings of the NRO implementation case before the apex court, the Attorney General informed the bench that former Law Secretary Yasmin Abbasi had sent second letter to Swiss authorities on November 22, 2012, stating that the government was not interested in pursuing cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and urged the Swiss authorities to close the cases.

The first letter was sent to Swiss authorities on November 5, 2012, the draft of which was seen and approved by the apex court.

The attorney general informed the apex court that the cases were closed by Swiss authorities on 4 February this year.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered an inquiry into the second letter which, according to him had rendered the first letter redundant.

Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry remarked that those responsible should be held accountable and would face contempt proceedings.

On this AG Munir Malik told the court that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered an inquiry of the incident.

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June 26, 2013 5:17 pm

What does MNS have to say about this?


Muneer bhai
June 26, 2013 5:34 pm

Let it go. Zardari won. Please don't waste more time or money on this.

Em Moosa
June 26, 2013 5:49 pm

No doubt our system is totally corrupt either the country's president is involved in it or some one else. But why our judiciary is only targeting those who are not in her favorite and Sharif's files of full of corruption are being hidden under their laps. The justice should be across the board. If our judiciary was honest Sharifs could not reach to prime minister house and chief minister house of Punjab.

Bakhtawer Bilal
June 26, 2013 5:55 pm

kis ne sher ko lalkara. Well glad to hear the roar of honorable CJ after so many days.

Abdul Basit Adeel
June 26, 2013 6:06 pm

Still Mr. Zardari, sb pe bhari??? | PML-N should take some solid steps, if they are not afraid of their own fate as well.

June 26, 2013 6:12 pm

The former Law Secretary (Yasmeen Abbasi - a Sindhi) wrote the letter and destroyed the record of such letter. She and the people that asked her to do it, should get the maximum punishment.

Mohammed Imran
June 26, 2013 6:15 pm

Pakistan has Curropt leaders net work... how we will correct this ? possible but very difficult...

ashraf a jamal
June 26, 2013 6:16 pm

Supreme Court and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry should file a case against Nawaz Sharif, for expelling Pakistani General to India, also refuse there plane to land in Pakistan knowing the plane will be forced to land in India. Under such incidence personal involved in 1998 must be bared from office till the case is settled.

June 26, 2013 6:23 pm

Take proper action against the secretary along with the people who have forced her to write the letter, a mere apology will make Supreme Court redundant.

June 26, 2013 6:30 pm

Looks PM is following the old avenues. Neither one Musharraf and Zardari are not going out and they can not go out. There should be action but why to rush on old avenues. PM and his expert team should follow the new streets for ENERGY and Terrorism most need. PM should impeach President and shift Musharraf to jail if he is smart PM.

Syed Ahmed
June 26, 2013 6:34 pm

For signing Gwadar port and Iranian Gas pipeline project Zardari should be honoured. Forget about the Swiss case, it is lost. Justice delayed justice denied - thanks SC.

Sultan Alvi
June 26, 2013 6:43 pm

Wah Zardari Wah, ustadon ka ustad. We salute you Sir for your uncanny acumen! Pakistan Zinda Bad. Geeay Bhutto, Geeay Zardari.

June 26, 2013 6:49 pm


Nasir Shah
June 26, 2013 7:00 pm

This shows how smart we are in breaking the laws. In fact Pakistan is typical lawless state as 'Wild West' in Hollywood movies. I doubt that Zardari can be punished because he knows all the loop holes in our outdated legal system.

Nizamuddin Ali
June 26, 2013 7:18 pm

Mr. Nawaz Sharif is doing the same thing. NAB under PM office. A loyal munshi will close all the cases against Sharif and Sharif. Khail khatam, paisa hazam.

June 26, 2013 7:40 pm

I think the CJ should focus on the law and order situation first and foremost and not just on particular party/politicians.

Our big issue is the Terrorism and constant release of these retards back into society...

The court should bring reforms within itself as the lawyers are behaving more and more like thugs and bullies!

Will the CJ also trial all those who were part of Musharaff's regime and legalized his actions...

What happened to CJ's own sons case...swept under the carpet I guess?

What happened to the cases against the Sharif brothers?

June 26, 2013 7:48 pm

And the persecution begins typical PML style....PPP should pay the cost for its untimely and unthoughtful reconciliation.

Ahmed bin Babar
June 26, 2013 8:02 pm

The responsible should be sent to hell.

umer ishaque khan
June 26, 2013 8:14 pm

This is so wrong. After so many efforts and removel of a prime minister, a letter was written and now we found out that it was of no use. Now it is an opportunity for Nawaz government to look into the matter and resolve it ones and forever.

June 26, 2013 8:45 pm

Burn out the constitution that provide protection and security to currupt president. We all know who is he, but our courts cannot take action against him. What a shame.

June 26, 2013 8:56 pm

I believe, supreme court should have demanded record of full communication with the Swiss Authorities, very early in the game.

Dr. D. Prithipaul
June 26, 2013 9:05 pm

Why would the SC be shocked by the second letter making the first one redundant? Has not duplicity been a normal, overtly implemented modus operandi of Pakistani politics?

June 26, 2013 10:02 pm

Who cares about this or any other of the drama over the past 5 years........ At least Musharraf will be done for treason!!!!!!!

ashraf a jamal
June 26, 2013 10:19 pm

President Zardari. has authority to give extension, appoint people in government, thus must exercise his power. Will teach now so called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a lesson. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif fails to bring law and order in the country, that is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif main job failure to do immediately must resign from the position. All Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking revenge, instead Islam call for forgiveness, as our profit gave teaching from personal show.

June 26, 2013 11:17 pm

now what? the president of the country that is taking oaths from every other parliamentarian of the country cheats the supreme court! shows and sends one letter and than quietly orders another one to be sent out to close the first one!!! hahahahaha This is a president who proved to have no respect for justice and constitution! what do we do here Mr. Chief Justice?

I. Ahmed
June 26, 2013 11:27 pm

It is very strange that one the CJ of SC did not knew about the Swiss law and secondly he should have anticipated move from the government and should have told the Swiss authorities that the SC decision is final and binding. Showing surprise and anger only adds to the conspiracy theory!

June 26, 2013 11:56 pm

What a country!!

Mazhar Hussain
June 27, 2013 12:01 am

Cheaters - cheating the courts and the nation. Intellectually corrupt and dishonest public servants like Ms Yasmeen Abbasi along with other accomplices must be brought to justice. They are also Article 6 case. Shame on you Mr Zardari & your corrupt supporters.

June 27, 2013 1:20 am

Anybody who thinks sitting president is not responsible for the contents of the letter must be naive. All means must be used to insure that he does not escape the wrath of justice. Otherwise, this revolving door of escape will stay open and people will loose all hopes. Oops, I think I am expecting little too much and forgot the new government is already making sure the revolving door stays open forever by curbing the authority of NAB.

June 27, 2013 3:50 am

What about the Chief Justice himself??. How did he secure his seat. Should that not be questioned

June 27, 2013 4:45 am

@Bakhtawer Bilal: Was the sher sleeping when the elections were being rigged??

June 27, 2013 6:16 am

CJ, Please stop this worthless pursuit! It is beginning to demean your own dignity! Enough is enough! Let the country move on! The people of Pakistan have already punished PPP for all its omissions and commissions!

June 27, 2013 6:31 am

First, we should dance that the most corrupt person is still President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Second, Chief Justice knows how to give big statements only in media, Give me one example of any high ups who has been put to jail. Only I hear from him "case has been adjourned". There are hundred of corruption cases and none will be finalized until Qiamat. Main thing is that the whole pond is full of dirty fishes. Hammam mein sab nangey hain. Also what good Qaim Ali Shah did for Karachi and Sind lawlessness in his last tenure that he is re appointed. We must replace old horses with young and educated blood.

June 27, 2013 6:37 am

Tired of this circus....can the CJ please spend more time on dispensing justice....phir topi drama shuroo.

Peer khan
June 27, 2013 7:46 am

Why gov should ask Supreme Court ? Is thAt gov not by people by people for people. Why supreme ct has to but into all the matters of gov. Are they gov Munshi???

June 27, 2013 9:05 am

ex-secretary law yaseem abassi must go to jail for atleast 10 years and immediately

June 27, 2013 3:34 pm

@Ali: And you think our dear Mr 100% wouldn't find a way around it? How else did you think that his government lasted 5 years.

June 27, 2013 3:39 pm

@Morad786: I second your opinion.

June 27, 2013 3:38 pm

@Nasir Shah: Funny but true :-). Greatest master mind of all times, Mr. 100%

June 27, 2013 3:44 pm

@Sultan Alvi: I think he should write books for "Political Science" courses. Look at his history and you will see that he slowly managed to remove everyone from his way. Since his son didn't agree with him, he moved him aside too.

June 27, 2013 3:44 pm

@Syed Ahmed: I just hope that Gawadar and Iran Gasline wasnt just a Political gimmic and that it really happens.

June 27, 2013 3:43 pm

@ashraf a jamal: Unfortunately Mr. Musharaf is himself to blame for letting go 2 of his best catches.

Mr. Sharif in 1999 Mr. Zardari with NRO

Now his good deed is going to come back and bite him in the rear. I really feel for Mr. Musharaf. I was and still am his supporter. He just chose the wrong people around him and they led him to distruction.

June 27, 2013 3:48 pm

@Bakhtawer Bilal: Roar of a traitor who signed the PCO when Mr. Musharaf came into power in 1999? How can a traitor hang another traitor?

June 27, 2013 4:00 pm

President name should be placed on E.C.L.

Sayeed Alatf Hussein
June 27, 2013 6:34 pm

@shah: Confiscate all his assets and send him and all of his family to exile for ever.

Sayeed Alatf Hussein
June 27, 2013 6:36 pm

@ashraf a jamal: Jamal, i think you meant prophet and not profit. There givens is for people who repent. Zardari has repented. So he should be punished and that goes for all the corrupt politicians including Nawaz

Sayeed Alatf Hussein
June 27, 2013 6:39 pm

@Morad786: Well said bro

Sayeed Alatf Hussein
June 27, 2013 6:43 pm

@Muneer bhai: how many of these corrupt people are we going to for give and forget.

Sayeed Alatf Hussein
June 27, 2013 6:54 pm

Mr 10% has won. He is a master of his game. He has curved his own destiny. He married into the Bhuttos also most forcefully (according to his Mrs in her book) and had his brother in law his own wife eliminated to get to the President's house. So the CJ justice was naïve if he thought he was going to let him prosecute him. He also has already secured his future. As soon as he feels threatened, he will fly of to Dubai and then Pakistan can talk about extradition until he dies.

June 28, 2013 8:54 pm

@Sayeed Alatf Hussein: He is Mr. 100%

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