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SC won't allow anyone to flout its decisions: Chaudhry

Tensions between the Pakistan People's Party-led government and the judiciary have increased in recent weeks.

world Updated: May 09, 2010 17:01 IST


Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has said the Supreme Court will get its decisions implemented "at any cost" and not allow anyone to flout them, setting the stage for a possible confrontation with the government.

Chaudhry made the remarks while addressing a meeting of the Lahore Bar Association yesterday.

Tensions between the Pakistan People's Party-led government and the judiciary have increased in recent weeks after the apex court insisted that authorities should reopen graft cases against PPP chief and President Asif Ali Zardari in Switzerland.

The government informed the court this week that there was no need to reopen the cases and that it would not communicate with Swiss authorities in accordance with the court's ruling to revive the corruption charges against Zardari.

The Supreme Court has been insisting on revival of the cases since it struck down the National Reconciliation Ordinance, a graft amnesty that benefited Zardari and thousands of others.

Observers said Chaudhry's remarks were apparently a reaction to the government's stance and could worsen tensions between the PPP and the judiciary.

The Chief Justice also said the judiciary is making all out efforts to provide speedy justice to the people and had succeeded in this regard to some extent. Quick dispensation of justice will not be possible without the cooperation of the Bar Association, he said.

Meanwhile, federal Law Secretary Aqil Mirza resigned yesterday, a day after he was summoned by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court in connection with the non-implementation of order to reopen the graft cases against Zardari.

Mirza cited health reasons for quitting the post.

However, observers said his decision was apparently influenced by the standoff between the executive and the judiciary.

The apex court had asked Mirza and the chief of the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan's anti-corruption agency, to appear before it on May 13 after Attorney General Anwar-ul-Haq told the court that the Swiss cases against Zardari had ended and there was no need to revive money laundering cases involving the President.