ISLAMABAD - While the Supreme Court (SC) has set July 12th as the next date for hearing the NRO judgement implementation case, PPP’s coalition partners have different views from each other to deal with this important matter.

One of the coalition partner believed that Supreme Court ought not be much harsh on this matter, while another allied partner viewed that without indulging into any controversy apex court may order its Registrar or Attorney General to write a letter to the Swiss judicial authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Talking to The Nation, PPP’s important coalition partner Awami National Party (ANP) senior member Haji Adeel was of the view that first the matter regarding the interpretation of Article-248 should be cleared.

“First the dispute regarding Article-248 should be solved. It is a Constitutional matter and as per my view immunity is the right under this Article,” said ANP leader, adding, that PPP has taken firm stance on this matter as they have even sacrificed its former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Expressing his views on this matter, ANP further said that Supreme Court ought not be much harsh on it. “Former PM Gilani has appeared before the court and given its clear stance on it,” he said.  Quoting the example of President of France, who was having different cases on him, Haji Adeel said that President had immunity so he was not touched till he was holding the office.

When contacted, PML-Q spokesman Kamil Ali Agha said PML-Q would not force PPP to take their advice on this matter.

“If they will seek guidance we will share our views with them. It is purely a matter of ruling party, we will not interfere in it,” Agha added.

About party’s stance, he said that his party believes in respect of judiciary and all institutions should work in its limits.

Giving his personal opinion on this matter, he said without indulging into any controversy apex court ought order Registrar or Attorney General to write a letter in this regard.

When contacted, MQM spokesman Wasay Jalil said that Muttahida always believed in freedom of the judiciary. “We respect the decisions of court and there should be no conflict between institutions,” he said.

Considering the NRO judgement implementation case a subjudice matter, he said MQM will give its full stance after the final verdict.

It is relevant to mention here that the new Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has been asked by the three-member bench hearing the case to update the court on the status of its judgement on the NRO; whether his government intends to write a letter to the Swiss authorities or would it follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Gilani had preferred to step down then writing the letter to the Swiss judicial authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.