PM to appear before Supreme Court today Allies extend full support to Raja
A five-judge special bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed is hearing the case.
The Bench on 27th August adjourned hearing till 18th September on the request of the Prime Minister that he be given time to find a solution of the case.
Meanwhile, a meeting of heads of allied parties was held at Aiwan-e-Sadr Monday night with Co-Chairman PPP President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in chair.
Briefing about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will appear before the Supreme Court tomorrow and the coalition partners, he said, decided to accompany the Prime Minister to the Supreme Court as a mark of solidarity.
The Spokesperson said that coalition partners reiterated their full support to the government.
Mr Babar further said that current situation with focus on energy issues, floods situation, law & order situation and coalition matters were discussed during the meeting.
The Prime Minister briefed the meeting on the current power situation in the country and the progress on various measures being taken to overcome the power shortage in the country. The meeting was informed that the various immediate steps undertaken by the government have resulted in steadily improving the power situation and expressed the hope that with the rising water levels in reservoirs as a result of recent rains, the power generation will further improve. The President directed for vigorous steps to address the power issue.
The meeting was also updated on the latest floods situation in various parts of the country and the steps taken for the relief and rehabilitation of floods and rain affectees. The meeting expressed sympathies with the victims of floods and torrential rains in the country.
The Spokesperson said that the meeting condemned the anti- Islam film and called it an act of grave provocation.
The Spokesperson said that the Prime Minister also briefed the meeting of coalition parties about his recent visit to China and bilateral meetings with Chinese leadership and world leaders on the sidelines of World Economic Forum.
Participants of the meeting prayed for the victims of fire incidents in Lahore and Karachi and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.
The Spokesperson said that Law Minister, Mr. Farook H Naek briefed the meeting on the status of various court cases.
The meeting was attended among others by Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Deputy Prime Minister, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and Mr. Basharat Raja of PML(Q) Mr. Asfandyar Wali Khan and Senator Afrasiab Khattak of ANP, Dr. Farooq Sattar and Senator Babar Khan Ghouri of MQM, Senator Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri of BNP, Mr. Hameedullah Jan Afridi, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai and Senator Abbas Khan Afridi of FATA.
Former Prime Minister Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani, Senator Farook H. Naek, Law Minister, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Minister for Water & Power, Ms. Mehreen Anwar Raja and Spokesperson to the President, Senator Farhatullah Babar were also present during the meeting.
The President also hosted dinner for the heads of allied parties.
Earlier, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira Monday said consultations were being held to decide about writing letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening the alleged money laundering case against the president.
Talking to a private TV channel, he said the government was in consultation with prime ministerís lawyers and its allied parties to finalize its stance regarding the case.
He said the government had always respected the judiciary, and it had moved ahead in line with courtís directives given in the past.
He said now the people were talking about other issues including ending corruption from society, caretaker set up and holding of fair and free elections.
Thus these issues should also be discussed, he said adding, the media needed to play its due role by making environment conducive for holding the next general election in a free, fair and transparent manner.
He was of the opinion the media should dispel the impression created by certain quarters that there was a confrontation between the court and government.