Govt looks to buy more time with Swiss letter draft


Law Minister Farooq H Naik will appear before the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court today (Tuesday) with the draft of the Swiss letter and with a willingness to amend the draft as and if needed, it has been learnt.
“The draft of the letter, created by law minister in consultation with senior lawyer and PML-Q leader Wasim Sajjad and Attorney General Irfan Qadir, will not be up to the expectations of the court,” a government source informed Pakistan Today.
The source said under the new strategy, the law minister would use delaying tactics vis-à-vis the Swiss letter while keeping the court engaged.
“The government expects that the court would disagree with the draft and it would direct the law minister to redraft the letter per the directions of the court in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case. In such a case, the law minister would seek adjournment of around four weeks to hold detailed talks and seek permission from the president, who has left for New York to attend UNGA session,” said the source. The five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Ejaz Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Athar Saeed, would hear arguments of the law minister today (Tuesday).
Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira also confirmed the news and said the government had prepared a draft of the letter to be written to Swiss authorities and the same would be presented in court by the law minister. However, he insisted that there was no change in the government’s stance over the Swiss letter.
“Neither the government has taken a U-turn over the letter to Swiss authorities nor has it changed its stance in this regard … the government has prepared a draft while keeping in view a middle way on the direction of the court. The reservations of the federation have also been kept in view in the draft,” the minister said, adding that the court, not the government, had called for adopting a middle way to resolve the matter. Kaira hinted at the possibility of a change in the contents of the letter, saying the contents might be changed if the apex court expressed its reservations over the draft proposed by the Law Ministry. He said the letter would help withdraw the previous letter that was written to the Swiss authorities by former AG Malik Qayyum.
In the previous hearing on September 18, the Supreme Court of Pakistan exempted Prime Minster Raja Pervez Ashraf from appearing before the court in the NRO implementation case.


  1. 1. "a government source informed Pakistan Today". Please name the source.
    2. "The source said under the new strategy, the law minister would use delaying tactics vis-à-vis the Swiss letter while keeping the court engaged.". Anybody can guess that.
    3. This is my 100th comment since i joined IntenseDebate / WordPress via Pakistan Today on 7/9/12. 100 comments in less than 20 days; @ average 5 comments / day. Somebody give me a "Man of the Debate" award. Anybody? Regards.
    Note: the average comment size is 786 (Bismillahirrahmanirraheem) characters. This is just the beginning!

    • Dont be so happy as it is your full time job which I can only ssum as per my assumption that why you are very in in typcial Pakistani blogs
      jehan bhee joon ye lagta hay terri mehfal hay
      any how this is your business but nothing to happy as you are free of family life chores and if you see my routine then you will cut your finger who quick I am in all this along my busy schedule
      I am sure you wont accept it as I am black skinned woman and not belong to TAMPAFL
      second point is this is very poor responding blog and how you get it I cant ask you becoz you will not reply me truthfully so keep on staying on your mission with all you words which you said in an unconscious state yesterday.

      • I am just trying to be happy because, "Tabiyat in dino begana-e-gham hoti jaati hai ,mere hisse ki goya har khushi kam hoti jaati hai, wahi hai zindagi lekin Jigar ye haal hai apna, ke jaise zindagi se zindagi kam hoti jaati hai". Skin colour dosen't matter; you have a golden heart. What do you mean by "TAMPAFL"? I access PT via Google. I was not in an unconscious state yesterday, but the fact is that "Koi umeed bar nahin aati, Koi soorat nazar nahin aati, Mout ka aik din mu’ayan hai, Neend kyun raat bhar nahin aati? Aage aati thee haal-e Dil pe hansi, Ab kisi baat per nahin aati, Hum wahan hain jahan se hum ko bhi, Kuch humari khabar nahin aati – Ghalib". And finally. "Jaga dil lagaaney ki dunya nahin hai, ye ibrat ki jaa hai tamasha nahin hai". This life has been given to work for the eternal life hereafter. Regards. Note: I don't see your logo on this reply, why?

        • Sorry it is Tampa FL you have wasted lot of time , must have waited for my reply
          The people like you who develop pains of TAMPA FL surely live alone in this planet as they ignore the people who are living in their surrounding.You know I always avoid Facebook, twitter, messenger or what ways social networking is available as I have no time to follow unseen people. I have so much big social set up plus dozen kid family that I have no time for myself and nothing lonely exists in my life so leave this world in which you have list of foes plus one(me too).I know people in real world is cheater too but don't expect from them just share their pain and miseries with your logical mind and you feel very light. as sharing others pain mean you are nearing to God
          so aur behee gham hain zamany main mohabt aur apnay sawa
          rahtain aur bhee hain bas aisee rahet kay sawa( I hope this is not as correct)

          • What I conclude from your reply is that:
            "Apne liye to sab hi jeetaey hain is jahaan mein,
            Hai zindagi ka maqsad auron ke kaam aana".
            I try to walk 3 to 5 km everyday. I don't memorise poetry, but usually I remember what i hear. For emails, i don't type but copy / paste from word.doc files and the source is the website "".

          • sonnan ghulmil com and live in lonely planet that is quite interesting! .Any how it is your one life and it all depends on you how to consume it .our leaders are not our heroes to idealize them who waste time for themselves only .So much time/resources/ effort has been wasted on such cases that is big burden to national exchequer nothing more than it.

  2. have a one hour game or jogging and you would have a good night sleep even miss your fajr prayer so be positive and earn postvie and don't learn by heart poetry of drunk and failed people.They have nothing to follow just hear it for a change.
    where is logo gone I have no idea may be I am switched to explorer to mozilla that is why might be.

  3. Govt has already successfully dragged this case for last 4 years.How prevailing system prevented the corrupt its clear example is seen there that Zardari with all criminal record and worst repute is ruling Pakistan with clear majority.Even he shaken hands with killers of Bhutto on whom slogans he starts his political dialogues.This time Pakistanis really bear this revenge which is named as democracy of Feudal in Pakistan

  4. F_ _k this drama! Zardari and Jialas have already turned the country into Corruptionistan! I fail to understand the biggest news to focus is right in air across the border and our Jiala 70s infested Media with all those grey-haired still living in the "Bhutto" nostalgia is not even giving the news space on page 3!! Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Chairperson of the PPP has fallen for the dusky FM Hina Rabbani Khar!! Both are planning to marry each other and settle in Switzerland later on!! While the nation has reached its point of collapse thanks to the corruption, bad governance and nepotisim of the Jiala government with all economic opportunity wiped out, our beloved Chairman, hazroon dilloon ki dharkan, is happily flirting with our FM!! Wah rey Bhutto, tu kaun zinda hey!!

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