The Supreme Court gave a lifeline of three weeks to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the show-cause notice for contempt of court after the premier assured the bench that steps would be taken to break the deadlock over the court’s judgment directing the government to write the letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
In an almost 60 minutes of hearing, Prime Minister Ashraf assured the court that he was serious in resolving the issue arising after the Supreme Court’s judgment and sought for six weeks time.
The court appreciated the prime minister’s appearance and said he was appearing as the premier and not as an accused as no charges had been framed against him.
The hearing of the case was subsequently adjourned until Sep 18. - Photos by Agencies
Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (R) waves upon his arrival at The Supreme Court in Islamabad on August 27, 2012.
Policemen escort the vehicle of the Prime Minister as he leaves from the Supreme Court.
Policemen cordon off the vehicle of the PM as he leaves from the Supreme Court.
Policemen stand guard in front of the Supreme Court.
Police in riot gear stand guard outside the Supreme Court building where the PM arrived for a hearing.