Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:34PM
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf has indicated for the first time that his government may reopen corruption cases against President Asif Zardari. His announcement before the Supreme Court could lead to the end of lingering legal battle. Our Correspondent Kamran Yousaf has more from Islamabad
In less than three weeks, this was his second appearance before the Supreme Court in a case involving old corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. But the latest appearance of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf before the country’s top judges may prove to be decisive. Prime Minister Ashraf told the court that his administration is ready to withdraw a previous request to Swiss authorities to freeze money laundering cases against Zardari. The government’s latest announcement is a departure from its previous stance that defied the court verdict on reviving corruption cases against the President. The court has given the Prime Minister until September 25 to prepare a draft of the letter to Swiss authorities asking them to reopen money laundering cases. Prime Minister Ashraf could be disqualified like his predecessor Yousaf Raza Gilani if he refuses to comply with the court decision. Prime Minister Parvez Ashraf appears to be safe for the time being. But experts believe that the legal battle would reach its logical conclusion only after judiciary and the government agrees on the wording of the letter, a delicate process that could reopen divisions.