ISLAMABAD - The office of Attorney General of Pakistan on Saturday received the Supreme Court order on writing letter to Swiss authorities for reopening of corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

On March 8, a seven-member SC bench hearing NRO implementation case directed Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to write to Swiss authorities for reopening of the cases against the president regardless of advice of the secretaries.

It was the first time that the Supreme Court has directly asked the Prime Minister to write letter to Swiss authorities till March 21 to comply with para 178 of NRO verdict.  Previously, the directives were conveyed through the Law Ministry.

Aitzaz Ahsan, counsel for the PM, told the court that the Prime Minister had not wilfully defied the order but only acted on the advice of the Law Ministry.

According to a senior lawyer, Raza Kazim, the court has once again given opportunity to the PM to comply with the court order. “If the PM does not write, the court will have no other option but to convict him in the contempt case,” he added.But, according to Aitzaz Ahsan, the court never asked the PM directly to implement the judgment, instead, it directed the federation to reopen corruption cases against President Zardari. However, on Saturday the SC order for writing to Swiss authorities landed in the AG office.