ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to file review petitions in Supreme Court against the apex court judgment striking down the Contempt of Court Act 2012 and NRO implementation case to write a letter to Swiss authorities by the Prime Minister, it is learnt.
According to the sources, the government has decided to file review petitions after it held deliberations and consultations with constitutional experts and its coalition partners.
The government would file review petitions in the next two days, the sources said.
The sources said that one review petition would be filed against the judgment striking down the Contempt of Court Act 2012 while the other would seek a review of the apex court’s July 12 order through which the prime minister had been asked to write a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The sources said that President Zardari also held a detailed meeting with Law Minister Farooq H. Naek to discuss the available legal options to insulate Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf against contempt of court conviction.
Both the review petitions will be filed prior to August 8 deadline that had been set by the SC for Prime Minister Ashraf to implement its order in the NRO implementation case. When contacted President’s spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar confirmed that the government would file review petitions in the Supreme Court.