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Aitzaz said "already knew" the verdict

Aitzaz Ahsan, lawyer for former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad. — Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Counsel for former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in the contempt of court case, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, said on Wednesday that he knew what decision would be made in the case against National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza's ruling, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives outside the Supreme Court, Ahsan said that the three judge bench had "completely changed the verdict" of the seven judge bench which had sentenced Gilani for contempt of court.

Ahsan moreover said that "there was no need to wait to hear a verdict which was already obvious and known".

"The bench kept reiterating that the ruling of the seven judge bench could not be changed," Ahsan said, adding that "the short order changed the face of the verdict in the contempt of court case".

Ahsan said he had prepared a 250-page-long appeal to file against the contempt of court verdict but the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leadership had decided against it.

Ahsan said he had informed the party leadership over the possibility of disqualification in case an appeal was not filed.

On a question pertaining to writing letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, Ahsan said a decision would be taken in this regard once the court directs the new prime minister to do so.

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