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SC ordered PM Gilani to appear on feb 13 in contempt case

Yousaf Raza Gilani1 150x150 SC ordered PM Gilani to appear on feb 13 in contempt case  The seven-member larger bench of the Supreme Court (SC) hearing Prime Minister Gilani’s contempt case has indicted the prime minister and ordered him to appear on February 13, Geo News reported Thursday.

Judge Nasir-ul-Mulk said there were grounds to proceed against Gilani, despite the government’s insistence that President Asif Ali Zardari has immunity from prosecution while he is head of state.

“After the preliminary hearing, we are satisfied that prima facie there is a case for further proceeding into the matter.

“Adjourned for February 13, for framing charges. The Prime minister is required to remain present in the court,” Mulk said, reading out the order.

The SC issued the order after defence counsel barrister Aitzaz Ahsan concluded his arguments.

The Supreme Court will indict PM Gilani when he appears before the court on February 13.

Speaking to the media outside the apex court, Ahsan said that the government could file an appeal in the case.

The bench comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Athar Saeed is hearing the show cause notice served upon the Prime Minister in National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation issue. (The News)

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