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Contempt case: SC window for Gilani

world Updated: Feb 10, 2012 00:18 IST
Pakistan's Supreme Court

Pakistan's Supreme Court in Thursday insisted that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani should write to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, saying no one is above the law.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said the proceedings against the Prime Minister would end if he wrote a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen cases of alleged money laundering against Zardari.

Chaudhry made the remarks while hearing Gilani's appeal against an order summoning him on February 13 for the framing of charges in a contempt of court case for refusing to revive the cases against Zardari.

The person involved in these cases is the head of the Prime Minister's party but no one is above the law, he said.

The $60 million that was allegedly laundered will come back to Pakistan only if the letter is written to Swiss authorities, the eight-judge bench said.

The bench further directed Gilani's lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan to remove some "objectionable" paragraphs from Gilani's appeal.

In these paragraphs, Gilani had questioned the contempt case initiated against him even though he had freed several top judges who had been detained by the regime of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Ahsan yesterday filed Gilani's appeal against a different bench's order summoning him on February 13 for the framing on contempt of court charges.

The 200-page appeal pointed out more than 50 legal and constitutional points which support the view that the premier did not go against the Constitution by not reopening the cases against Zardari.