Islamabad: A confident-looking Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday took the driver's seat and drove a white SUV to the Supreme Court to defend himself against possible contempt of court charges.

Ignoring security protocols, 59-year-old Gilani, dressed in a dark suit, drove the Land Cruiser bearing registration no LRZ-786, a number representing "Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim", to the hearing.

He presented himself before a seven-judge bench headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk in compliance of its directive after being slapped with a contempt notice.

The Supreme Court has been infuriated over the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party's refusal to write to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Since December 2009, when the Supreme Court struck down an amnesty that nullified corruption charges against thousands of politicians, the court has insisted that the government reopen corruption cases against him.