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ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court requested it to review its order of July 12 in the NRO implementation case, DawnNews reported.

The appeal against the apex court's order was filed by Attorney General Irfan Qadir through Advocate-on-Record Meher Khan Mulk.

The appeal requests the court to review its order in which the prime minister had been directed to submit an implementation report with respect to writing the letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

“Adjourned to July 25 on which date the Prime Minister of Pakistan/Chief Executive of the Federation shall cause a report to be submitted before this court regarding compliance of the directions contained in paragraph No. 177 and 178 (writing the letter to Swiss authorities) of the judgment passed by this court in case of Dr Mobashir Hassan (NRO case) failing which this court may initiate any appropriate action under the Constitution,” the order issued by the five-judge bench on July 12 stated.

Today’s appeal comes in the backdrop of the issuing of a show-cause notice for contempt of court to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf over his failure to implement the court’s directive of writing the letter to Swiss authorities.

PPP’s stance on the letter

Earlier on Tuesday, the Pakistan People’s Party had decided it would not write a letter to Swiss authorities for reopening cases against President Asif Zardari and would ‘resist’ actions by the Supreme Court within bounds of the Constitution.

The PPP’s frontline leaders met in the presidency on Tuesday night and chalked out a strategy to cope with the situation if the Supreme Court showed the door to the prime minister for contempt of court over not obeying its orders in connection with writing the letter.

Inside sources told Dawn on Tuesday that PPP leaders were hopeful that the prime minister would survive for two to three months even if the apex court ordered his removal.