Pakistan News / Contempt Case News > A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on Monday granted more time till September 18 to the Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to write a letter to Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against the President Asif Ali Zardari.
The court directed the prime minister to appear again before the court on September 18, 2012. Following adjournment of the hearing, the prime minister left the Supreme Court along with his entourage.
Earlier, Prime Minister Ashraf sought four-to-six-week time from the five-member bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, which began hearing of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case.
Appearing before the bench, the PM Raja said: “I have been coming with the former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on his court appearances. It is an honor for me to appear before the top court of the country.”
He said he needs at least four to six weeks or enough time to file a rejoinder to the court. “I assumed the responsibilities as the premier at a time when the country is beset with crises and troubles.”
“This case triggered uncertain and precarious situation in the country and I wish to be a role-model that cause to augment the judiciary’s respect,” the Prime Minister stressed.
PM Ashraf had been asked to appear in person before a five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Khosa on August 27 to respond to the notice.