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Babar Awan to appear in Supreme Court tomorrow

Law Minister Dr Babar Awan would appear before the Supreme Court on Tuesday to give reasons for not writing letters to the Swiss authorities for the revival of money-laundering cases against President Asif Ali Zardari in the light of December 16, 2009 judgment.

The five-member bench headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk is hearing the issue of the implementation of the NRO verdict.

The court had ordered the government to write a letter to the Swiss authorities to have reopened the cases against President Zardari which had been disposed or closed after the promulgation of the NRO, which was subsequently declared void ab initio. Law Minister Awan has consistently been saying that the letter could not be written as the president-enjoyed immunity from prosecution. The court thus had summoned the law minister to hear the law ministry’s point of view about the implementation of the Supreme Court’s verdict

In order to avoid any untoward incident Chief Commissioner Islamabad and IG Islamabad have been issued clear instructions by the SC.

Strict security measures have been employed for Tuesday’s hearing and appearance of Babar Awan before the Apex court. Extra contingent of Rangers and police have been deployed in the Red Zone area. Limited passes have been issued to the media for covering the hearing. Additional Close Circuit Cameras have been installed in the Supreme Court and all roads leading to the court room have been deployed with extra security.

Sources told that lawyers of People Lawyers Forum and other bar associations would be showing their solidarity for Babar Awan and the govt stance.



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