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Pak law minister denies reports of resignation

world Updated: Jan 17, 2012 21:40 IST

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Amidst speculation that senior PPP leader Babar Awan could be appointed as Pakistan's new law minister, current incumbent Maula Bux Chandio on Tuesday dismissed local media reports that he had resigned.

Chandio said he had met President Asif Ali Zardari earlier in the day but had not been asked to step down.

"The party has not sought my resignation... I met the President but we did not talk of my resignation," he told reporters on Tuesday evening.

Chandio said he would obey any direction from the Pakistan People's Party, including a call to step down.

"I have gone to jail and borne other difficulties for the party. There will be no problem in accepting a direction to resign," he said.

There were reports that Awan was likely to be reappointed as law minister after the Supreme Court temporarily suspended his lawyer's license on Tuesday morning for failing to respond to a contempt notice.

Awan had served as the law minister till last year, when he stepped down to represent the government in some high-profile cases in the apex court.

It was then reported that Chandio had been appointed to the post as a stop-gap arrangement.

Speculation about Awan being reappointed as law minister gained ground as he too met President Zardari on Tuesday afternoon.

Awan, a close associate of Zardari, has angered the Supreme Court several times in the recent past by criticising its orders and making irreverent remarks about judges.

He was appointed the vice-president of the PPP last month despite facing criticism within the party.