• Pakistan's Supreme Court issued a contempt of court notice to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for failing to re-open graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The apex court also asked Pakistan Prime Minister to appear before it on January 19.
  • The order was issued by a seven-Judge Bench led by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk that began hearing the case related to the apex court's orders against Zardari and over 8,000 others.
  • The Bench directed Gilani to personally appear in court to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for deliberately disregarding the court's orders.
  • A Supreme Court-appointed panel is also probing the memo case and held a hearing that remained inconclusive. The Supreme Court had issued the order against the premier after the government's top law officer informed it that he had received no instructions regarding the order to reopen the corruption cases.