ISLAMABAD - Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq will submit the documentary evidence against Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, for not complying with the Supreme Court judgment on National Reconciliation Ordinance on Thursday (today).

He ,however, said that there was no need to present the list of the witnesses. The documents include the apex court decisions on NRO that were not implemented.  The AG said he would rely on the summary, which Aitzaz Ahsan, counsel for the Prime Minister, submitted to the court during the proceedings.

The Supreme Court had convicted the Prime Minister on February 13th for not implementing the court decision on NRO.  The court had asked the Attorney General to act as the prosecutor under Order 27 Rule 7 (2f) of the Supreme Court Rules.  The AGP was asked to produce the relevant documents and list of the witnesses by February 16 and then exhibit them in the court on February 22.

The court will resume the hearing on Feb 22nd.

Khawaja Haris, former Advocate General Punjab said the Attorney General is the principal law officer of the country.  This case is the test for both the Attorney General and the government.  The AGP has to give his independent opinion on the legal questions and should take the side of the government.

The legal question in the proceedings would be that whether it is ‘civil, contempt or criminal’.

The contempt is of three types, namely: the ‘civil contempt’, ‘criminal contempt’ and ‘judicial contempt’. Civil contempt is the wilful flouting or disregard of an order, whether interim or final, a judgment or decree of a court; a writ or order issued by a court in the exercise of its Constitutional jurisdiction; and an undertaking given to, and recorded by, a court.  The criminal contempt means the doing of any act with intent to, or having the effect of, obstructing the administration of justice, while Judicial contempt is scandalisation of a court and includes personalised criticism of a judge while holding the office.