LAHORE – Attorney General Irfan Qadir reiterated on Monday that the Prime Minister of Pakistan was not answerable to any court under the Constitution; therefore; the judiciary should treat the PM office with sanctity.

“Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is a head of the government and not answerable to any court of law,” the attorney general said while talking to reporters at the Lahore High Court (LHC) premises.

Earlier, Irfan held a meeting with the deputy attorney generals and counsels of federal government working at the principal seat of the LHC. During the meeting, he discussed different cases against the Federation pending before the LHC including dual office case against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Irfan was of the opinion that former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani had respected the courts, which should have treated him in a similar fashion.

He added the courts should create an environment which does not lead to a clash between the state’s institutions.

The contempt of court case against the PM and review petition against striking down of new contempt of court law were similar cases and should be heard jointly, he added.

He said every institution should avoid confrontation. However, there were so many issues that should be settled within the Supreme Court.

The attorney general’s remarks come in the wake of the show-cause notice issued to Prime Minister Ashraf for not implementing the NRO judgment and the federal government’s filing of review petitions challenging the scrapping of Contempt of Court Act (COCA) 2012 and asking the premier to implement the NRO verdict.

The review petition challenging the court’s July 12 order asking Prime Minister Ashraf to comply with the NRO judgment will be heard on Aug 15, a day after independence day, by a five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.