Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s Counsel in the contempt of court case Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan has said the court has the authority to award prison sentence to the PM but hoped that the matter would not go to the extent of sentence. Talking to media at Aiwan-e-Iqbal after a function in connection with death anniversary of poet philosopher Allama Iqbal, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan hoped that the court would accept his view point. He said he does not talk about allegations of corruption against President Zardari but only submitting before the apex court that as long as Asif Zardari is President, letter can neither be written to the Swiss Authorities nor it should be done. He said he never opposed writing letter to Swiss Officials but wanted its suspension as long as Mr Zardari is President. To another question, he said it is for the court and not for any media group to decide whether Musa Gilani has committed any crime or not. He said he never said that since Yusuf Raza Gilani belongs to a religious family, there should be a separate law for him but a media group has made him target of criticism and six to seven stories were being published in a single day newspaper. Aitzaz Ahsan said disliking of President Zardari by certain people was a different thing but he is elected head of state   and he could not be thrown before a foreign Magistrate. He pointed out that the world powers do not allow action against Raymond Davis and murderers of 18 people in Afghanistan and take them away. He said the diplomatic immunity of the President was done away with, then we would not be in a position to talk about Afia Siddiqi. In reply to a question, the PM counsel said the court is yet to listen the Attorney General and the judges would also consult among themselves in the contempt case and after that a verdict would come. He explained that if the Prime Minister was disqualified, the matter would come to the Speaker for thirty days and after that the Election Commission would give a decision in three months. Ch Aitzaz Ahsan said in case the Prime Minister was disqualified, PPP Core Committee would decide about the next Prime Minister with which he has no contacts.