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President Asif Ali Zardari. —File Photo

ISLAMABAD: In response to the letter sent by the government on the directives of Pakistan’s top court, Swiss authorities on Saturday refused to reopen the graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari, DawnNews reported.

In light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the NRO implementation case, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government had sent the letter to the Swiss authorities in Nov last year.

Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had to face disqualification for committing contempt of court by not writing the letter to Swiss authorities. The two-year standoff between the government and the judiciary was resolved when Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf appeared before the court and informed it that the government was ready to write the letter.

Sources told DawnNews that the government has received a written response from Swiss authorities on Saturday.

Federal Law Minister Farooq H. Naek has confirmed receiving the letter in which the Swiss authorities have said that according to international laws, President Zardari enjoys immunity against all criminal charges. They said that actions can not be taken against him till he holds the post of president.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, by welcoming the decision, has urged the party supporters to not “over-celebrate.”