Raja...you are safe...for now

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.
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 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 cordon off the vehicle of the PM as he leaves from the Supreme Court.
Policemen stand guard in front of 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.
Police in riot gear stand guard outside the Supreme Court building where the PM arrived for a hearing.

Comments (3) (Closed)


Amjad Wyne
Aug 27, 2012 07:14pm
The entire thing is a circus - the PPP announces up front - before the SC proceedings even begin - that it had no plans to write a letter or to follow the Supreme Court directives - no matter what happens. And we all know that the Supreme Court has no means to force the government's hands. So why put the nation through this non-sense over and over again.
javaid
Aug 28, 2012 08:39pm
I am Pakistani living in America from here I see Pakistan as a Banana Republic I look at the faces of so called elected president and Prime minister and I feel sorry for the nation who have elected them.
urawal
Aug 28, 2012 07:35am
Mr Gilani was waving in the same manner before his ouster !!! surrounded by supporters .... De'Ja Vu