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Pak SC to frame charges in Gilani's presence on Feb 13 in contempt case

Islamabad, Thu, 02 Feb 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Feb 2 (ANI): Pakistan's Supreme Court has concluded its hearing of the contempt case against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and summoned the premier on February 13, saying that it would frame charges against him during the hearing.


During today's hearing, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan further strengthened his argument in the case by presenting Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's earlier order, which stated that the prime minister is obliged to take advice in all matters before taking any decision, The Express Tribune reports.


Ahsan argued that Gilani was supposed to seek advice from the Law Ministry and the Human Rights Division before taking any action, and the advice he received in the NRO implementation case was not in favour of the court's decision.


"In any civil or military issue, the government has to consult the Law, Justice and Human Rights Division. According to the Rules of Business 1973, the prime minister should have consultations before taking any decision," he added.


Justice Nasirul Mulk, heading the nine-member bench, said that Gilani was efficient in listening to the Law Ministry and the Human Rights Division, but did not give due consideration to the court's orders.


"The prime minister has the right to turn down Law Ministry's advice," Justice Athar pointed out.


He also stated that the Swiss court looking into the matter had itself closed the case, saying that there was no adequate evidence. (ANI)


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