Finally, Pak SC approves Swiss letter draft

      The Supreme Court of Pakistan has approved the Swiss letter draft submitted by Law Minister Farooq H Naek which states that proceedings in Swiss courts will be conditional to the immunity granted to the President. The new draft also stated that Malik Qayyum's letter written to the attorney general of Geneva be retracted and considered "never written". Restoration of legal assistance was also a point made in the draft, reports The Express Tribune.

Naek said the letter would have to be translated into French first and requested for four weeks' time, which was granted by the court. He added that the court had given a November 10 deadline to the federation for sending the letter to authorities. In the previous hearing, the bench had expressed concern at the last paragraph, saying that it contradicted the first two paragraphs.

The latest move came after weeks of extensive consultations on several drafts of the letter, and a day before the fourth deadline set by the court for writing to Swiss authorities seeking to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Last month, after years of sparring, the executive and the judiciary deadlock saw a breakthrough when Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf agreed to write the letter, and assigned the task to Naek.

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