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Thursday, July 12, 2012

President signs contempt of court amendment bill

News in Urdu

President Asif Ali Zardari gave his consent to the  contempt of court amendment bill on Thursday.

The bill will provide immunity from contempt proceedings to high office holders, including the prime minister, president, chief ministers, federal and provincial ministers as well as governors.

It had earlier been passed by the National Assembly on Monday and the Senate on Wednesday.

The move is key given that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s reply is due on whether he would be following the court directives on writing a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and his late wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The cases had been closed earlier under the controversial NRO, which was struck down by the court as void ab initio in 2009.

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