Pakistan's high court orders arrest of prime minister

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PostTue Jan 15, 2013 7:12 pm » by *WillEase*


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Pakistan's supreme court has ordered the arrest of Raja Pervez Ashraf, prime minister, on corruption charges.

Tuesday's warrant comes as thousands, led by cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri rally against government corruption in Islamabad.

The Canadian-Pakistani cleric is demanding the removal of elected representatives from the national and provincial assemblies.


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PostTue Jan 15, 2013 7:25 pm » by *WillEase*


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The Pakistani Supreme Court has issued an arrest order for Raja Pervez Ashraf, the country's prime minister.

The order stems back to a case on rental power agreements when the now prime minister served as the federal minister for water and power.

Elsewhere on Tuesday,thousands of people have rallied in the capital against government corruption.

Raza Rumi, editor of The Friday Times, a Pakistani newspaper, told Al Jazeera the high court's order "came as a bit of a surprise and a shock. It definitely puts immense pressure on the elected government in Islamabad, which is already buckling under".

Speaking to Al Jazeera from Islamabad, Rumi said with the leading Pakistan People's Party "due for an election", the "uncertainty" created by the arrest order puts into question whether the nation can or will hold upcoming elections.



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PostTue Jan 15, 2013 7:29 pm » by *WillEase*


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They promised a Tahrir Square, and it's not looking too far from it. Tear gas has been used and warnings shots are again being heard outside Pakistan's Parliament, where thousands are demanding immediate and sweeping changes. Leading them is a charismatic and enigmatic cleric, who's said to be a favourite of the military. Among his and his followers' demands, are calls for broad government reform, and a harsh crackdown on corruption. In an apparent effort to molify the demonstrators, Pakistan has ordered the arrest of the Prime Minister, who's caught up in a bribery scandal. And former officer of the Pakistani Air Force, Sultan M. Hali, says a change of power may not be far off.
The cleric, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, has given the government an ultimatum - to disband parliament, or he'll order his followers to carry out acts of civil disobedience. To discuss whether that's a threat he would carry out RT talks to political analyst and journalist Shahab Jafry.


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PostTue Jan 15, 2013 8:19 pm » by Marcydare


Hey Obama, You'r next !



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