Pakistan's prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will appear before the Supreme Court on February 13, as the court rejected an appeal to protect the PM from contempt of court proceedings.
Gilani will face indictment charges against him for the government's two-year refusal to write to Swiss authorities to revive cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the final verdict could only be determined after the trial. Prime Minister's intra-court appeal hearing was held in the Supreme Court on Friday. Gilani's lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan, said in his concluding remarks that he "respects the court" and wants the court to take back its show-cause notice.
Earlier, Aitzaz Ahsan said that the court depicted "unforgiving behaviour" by giving Gilani a show-cause notice. Ahsan said that the proceedings of contempt of court are "half of civil nature and half of criminal nature." He said benefit of the doubt should be given to the prime minister in this case, which is currently not being given to him.
Ahsan also prayed to the court that the decision should not be limited to the seven judges on the bench, just because they were personally known to the chief justice.
The chief justice, during yesterday's hearing, had remarked that the appeal itself was in contempt of the court. He had questioned Ahsan on how he could include paragraphs in his appeal, which say that the contempt case cannot be initiated against a PM only because the PM helped in restoring the judges.
ISI told to produce missing people
The court also asked the ISI to bring before it all the people reported to be missing but believed to be in the spy agency's illegal custody, a media report said. The court gave the order to ISI counsel Raja Irshad.