A month later, Pak govt. still awaits reply to Swiss letter
More than a month after it dispatched the contentious Swiss letter, the Pakistan government is still awaiting a response from the Swiss authorities on the reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
"We have yet to receive any response on the letter from the Swiss attorney general in Geneva. We will of course seek the services of international lawyers in case the Swiss attorney general entertains Pakistan's request and re-examines graft cases against President Zardari and other persons," The Express Tribune quoted Law and Justice Secretary Yasmin Abbasi, as saying.
According to law and justice ministry officials, Pakistan's ambassador in Geneva Zamir Akram and his legal director are coordinating with the Swiss authorities examining the letter's content. They added that the ministry has also decided to send two senior officials to Switzerland to provide further legal assistance to the Pakistani mission.
Meanwhile, eminent international law expert Ahmer Bilal Sufi said the chances that graft cases against President Zardari will be opened were 'miniscule'.
"Swiss legal wizards will examine Islamabad's request under local laws," said Sufi, explaining that "in Switzerland, once an investigation against the accused is closed on the request of the aggrieved party, it becomes very difficult under local laws to entertain a request to reopen the case".