PM’s appearance before SC: PPP, allies meeting today

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s

Pakistan People s Party (PPP) will hold a crucial meeting with its coalition partners today for taking a final decision whether or not Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf should appear before the Supreme Court on August 27 in NRO implementation case.

According to the sources, the PPP leadership would take its coalition partners into confidence in this regard.  President Asif Zardari has summoned a meeting of coalition partners today at the Presidency to decide about Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s appearance before the Supreme Court (SC) on August 27.  In July, the SC issued a contempt notice to PM Raja for not implementing its order about writing a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen a money-laundering case against President Zardari. Raja has been asked to appear before a five-member bench, headed by Justice Asif Khosa, on August 27 in this regard.

Sources said the meeting had been called to discuss the SC s NRO verdict implementation case after which a final decision would be taken on the PM’s appearance before the bench.  The meeting is also expected to discuss the caretaker setup for the upcoming elections. The president, the premier, senior PPP leaders and the law minister would attend the meeting.  Earlier, PPP leaders held a meeting with President Zardari and discussed the possible impact if the prime minister did not appear before the court.-Dunyanews