Pakistan Supreme Court gives a breathing space to PM

Pakistan Supreme Court gives a breathing space to PM

Islamabad : Pakistan | Aug 27, 2012 at 2:52 AM PDT
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Pakistan Monument, Islamabad

ISLAMABAD, Aug 27: Contrary to much hyped dropping of curtain over the fate of beleaguered Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf, the Supreme Court, on Monday showed its magnanimity to accede to his request by giving him more than three weeks to implement its verdict in NRO judgment, while earlier defiance has already cost the PPP led coalition government heavy with his predecessor losing his office.

A special bench of the apex Court deferred decision till September 18 on much tension packed case in the entire judicial history of the country which had witnessed a string of military coups in the past with fragile democratic set ups.

Raja Parvez Ashraf, the newly elected premier who stepped into the shoes of his predecessor hardly two months back, appeared before a bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, and pressed for time by citing law and order situation, energy crises and complex ties with US as the major challenges diverting his attention from executing the Court’s direction on a case related to to revival of dormant alleged graft cases against the incumbent president Asif Ali Zardari, espouse of slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto, in Switzerland.

The frequency with which the judiciary had been dropping one order after another certainly baffled the PPP led government, which has been confronted with host of issues ranging from terrorism, inflation, unemployment, corruption and energy crises, besides opposition parties tirade who are eying general elections as the only panacea for all challenges the country has been undergoing.

The political pundits do not see any respite for the embattled PPP government and the tussle between the both pillars of state continue to add to rumours and predictions over the fragile democratic system of the country.

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Erfan khan is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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