LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Aitzaz Ahsan said the Supreme Court had entered a blind alley by disqualifying Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani for not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Talking to the media on the Lahore High Court Bar premises, the PPP stalwart claimed now the apex court also wanted an amicable solution to the Swiss letter case.
He, however, believed that the government would not write letter to Swiss authorities clearly in view of the directions of the apex court. “The SC had not treated Gilani as it is treating now Raja Pervaizz Ashraf over the same situation,” Ahsan opined.
After disqualifying Gilani, Ahsan said, the apex court would have to choose only way–disqualification of second prime minister or acceptance of immunity to the president.
“The disqualification of the second prime minister for not writing letter will disturb the circumstances severely as compare to the previous,” Ahsan feared.
He was of the view that the letter in view of para 177 and 178 the Supreme Court’s order in the NRO case would against the president. Even though, the apex court had not discussed the immunity in both paras, PPP senator said.
He said he had not seen the draft of the letter produced before the apex court by Law Minister Farooq H Naek, but he had reservation on it. However, he said if necessary the letter drafted by Naek would be sent to Swiss authority.
NOTICE TO HOME SECY: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday issued notice to the Punjab home secretary and sought reply on a petition moved by Indian prisoner on death row Sarabajit Singh’s Pakistani counsel seeking permission to have meeting with his client.
Advocate Awais Sheikh contended that he was disallowed to have meeting with imprisoned Sarabajit which was violation of fundamental rights of a person.
He requested the court to direct the Punjab government to allow him having meeting with his client inside the Kot Lakhpat jail. The court will resume hearing on October 5.
FAKE DOCTORS HELD: Police arrested an aged couple on Thursday after the LHC rejected their bail in a case registered against them for murdering a woman along with her newborn during a delivery operation.
Ghazala and Abdul Rasheed were on interim bail in the case registered with Kot Laddha Police Station of Gujranwala district under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on complaint of Muhammad Anwar, the husband of the deceased lady named Samina.
During the course of hearing on Thursday, an investigation officer appeared and told the court that Ghazala and Rasheed were not doctors by profession. He pointed out that an inquiry team of the health department, constituted on the directions of Punjab CM, had confirmed that both wife and husband did not have the license to practice medicine.
According to the inquiry report, Ghazala is a midwife and Rasheed a health technician. The officer also informed the court that six cases under section 322 of the PPC had already been registered against the two fake doctors. He also produced the record of six cases before the court.