Zardari case: PPP not to act on SC orders

Both Gilani and Zardari have “made up their minds to face the worst,” the unnamed minister said

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: March 22, 2012 12:32:05 am

Pakistan’s ruling PPP has decided it will not act on the Supreme Court’s orders to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari at any cost and is prepared to face the potential consequences,including the disqualification of the Premier who is facing a contempt charge.

Even if the court decides to act against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani,the PPP is ready to accept that as the Premier has categorically stated in recent remarks,a senior federal minister told the Dawn newspaper.

Both Gilani and Zardari have “made up their minds to face the worst,” the unnamed minister said. “One thing is sure that the present government would not write a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against the president,” the minister said.

According to the Premier’s lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan,Gilani would not lose his job even if he is convicted in the contempt case,the minister said. Under the Constitution,there is a long process to be followed before a member of the National Assembly loses his membership in case of a conviction,the minister added.

In a reply submitted to the Supreme Court Tuesday in the contempt case,Gilani said the government could not revive money laundering cases against Zardari in Switzerland as the President enjoyed immunity.

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