ISLAMABAD, Jan 17 � In yet another embarrassment for the beleaguered Pakistan government, the Supreme Court today suspended the licence of a lawyer close to President Asif Ali Zardari, as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani faced the possibility of a case being filed against him for alleged misuse of authority, reports PTI.
The Supreme Court temporarily suspended the lawyer�s licence of Babar Awan, a former law minister and the President�s close aide, who is acting as the government�s lawyer in several high-profile cases for failing to respond to a contempt notice.
An 11-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry suspended Awan�s licence when he appeared in court to represent the government in a case for reviewing the death sentence awarded to former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
The bench said the action was being taken as Awan had failed to respond to a contempt notice. It further said Awan�s behaviour towards the apex court had been �inappropriate�.