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Gilani's appearance great day for Pakistan: Judge

world Updated: Jan 19, 2012 12:04 IST

January 19 is a "great day" in the history of Pakistan as the Prime Minister appeared before the Supreme Court bench that issued a contempt of court notice to him, an apex court judge said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday morning appeared before the Supreme Court and said he had spent six years in prison and had never been reluctant to appear before the court that shows that he always respected the court.

After the Prime Minister completed his submission, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said that January 19 was a great day in the history of the country as the chief executive was appearing before the bench, reported Geo News.

The apex court had earlier warned the government of action if its ruling on the amnesty law, which granted immunity to politicians and bureaucrats in corruption cases, was not implemented by Jan 10, 2012.

The court had also sought the reopening of cases closed under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). It had ordered the government to write a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen cases against the President and set a seven-day deadline that ended Jan 16.