Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf held a meeting with Law Minister Farooq H. Naek at the Prime Minister House on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

During the meeting, it was reiterated that the government did not seek a confrontation with the judiciary and that the decision over the premier's appearance before the Supreme Court on Aug 27 would be taken in the light of "national interests".

The law minister also apprised the prime minister of the case's legal angles.

A final decision on strategy on the matter is expected to be taken during a meeting of coalition parties at the President's House tomorrow.

The Supreme Court had last month issued a contempt notice to Prime Minister Ashraf for not implementing its order of writing a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen a money-laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari. The prime minister has been asked to appear before a five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Khosa on Aug 27 to respond to the notice.

Speaking before another bench, also headed by Justice Asif Khosa, Attorney General Irfan Qadir had dropped a hint that the prime minister might not appear before the court on Aug 27 to answer the contempt charges.

The same day the former prime minister had advised Prime Minister Ashraf not to appear before the Supreme Court.

More From This Section

Chinese investors threaten to move capital from KP to Balochistan

A representative of the Chinese investors alleged that an advisor of KP CM, was causing hindrances in the ventures.

Opposition questions privatisation of 32 entities

The opposition parties showed their concerns and staged a symbolic walkout from the Senate against the govt’s decision.

PM calls urgent meeting on national security

Federal ministers, services chiefs, DG IB, ISI and CJCSC are invited to attend the meeting on Thursday, said sources.

Nawaz, Zardari discuss political situation, security

The two also discussed the ongoing operation in Karachi and the dialogue process with Taliban.


Comments are closed.

Comments (2)

M. Asghar
August 25, 2012 11:23 am
If the PM decides not to appear before the SC, justice must and will take its course, because it is a legal and constitutional necessity.
SG
August 25, 2012 5:06 pm
This is not a political issue the court order must be implemented. Is PPP playing the same negative role as it did when Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman of Awami League won the majority seat in the assembly.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Poll
From The Newspaper
Tweets