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NRO implementation case adjourned to May 3

April 16, 2012


PM’s contempt of court hearing resumes
Supreme Court of Pakistan. — Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case to May 3, DawnNews reported.

The court, moreover, directed the authorities to bring former attorney general Malik Abdul Qayyum back to Pakistan.

During the hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presented its report which the court regarded as unsatisfactory. The court then directed the NAB to formulate a report covering those who were questioned in the case.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s reply was submitted regarding the appointment of Adnan Khwaja, a former managing director of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL).

Counsel for the NAB chairman, Shaiq Usmani, argued that the prime minister was unaware of the Khwaja’s conviction.

Usmani moreover said that it was the responsibility of the concerned secretary to make the premier aware of the conviction.

To this, Justice Asif Khosa remarked that the former secretary of the establishment division, Ismail Qureshi, had clarified that Khwaja’s appointment took place through pressure from high officials.