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January 19, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani appeared Thursday before a Supreme Court panel to defend himself in contempt-of-court proceedings, staving off an immediate ruling in a high-stakes case that could lead to his ouster and jeopardize his party's hold on government. The high court initiated contempt proceedings against Gilani this week, contending that he had deliberately ignored its frequent demands to pursue long-standing corruption allegations against his boss, President Asif Ali Zardari.
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January 19, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani appeared Thursday before a Supreme Court panel to defend himself in contempt-of-court proceedings, staving off an immediate ruling in a high-stakes case that could lead to his ouster and jeopardize his party's hold on government. The high court initiated contempt proceedings against Gilani this week, contending that he had deliberately ignored its frequent demands to pursue long-standing corruption allegations against his boss, President Asif Ali Zardari.
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November 20, 1996 | Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Benazir Bhutto's petition challenging her removal from power, calling the 42-page request argumentative, irrelevant and scandalous. Her lawyer said he was stunned by the court's ruling, which was handed down without granting the former prime minister a hearing. Attorney Aitzaz Ahsan did not say whether Bhutto would appeal the decision or submit another petition. Bhutto had no immediate comment on the ruling.
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March 6, 2005 | Mubashir Zaidi, Special to The Times
A Pakistani woman who was allegedly gang-raped in 2002 on the orders of a tribal council said Saturday that she feared for her safety after a top court overturned the convictions of five of the six men in the attack and ordered them released. Mukhtaran Mai said she had been raped at the direction of Mastoi tribal elders as punishment for her brother's affair with a daughter of an influential tribesman.
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June 29, 2005 | Mubashir Zaidi, Special to The Times
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered five men accused of gang-raping a woman on the orders of a tribal council to be detained and retried. The ruling came after victim Mukhtaran Mai, 33, filed an appeal in the Supreme Court to prevent the release of the five, who had been ordered to be set free this month by another court that had reversed their earlier conviction.
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November 8, 2007
Instead of mounting an assault on the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists swarming in Pakistan's northwestern territories, Gen. Pervez Musharraf has declared war on the rule of law and his country's independent judicial system.
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June 28, 2005 | Mubashir Zaidi, Special to The Times
A woman who was gang-raped on orders of a tribal council urged that the nation's highest court reinstate the death penalty against five of her attackers as the panel opened a hearing on the case Monday. Mukhtaran Mai, 33, was assaulted in 2002 after her 12-year-old brother was accused of having an affair with a woman from a powerful clan.
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March 23, 2009 | Laura King
Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, who became a symbol of resistance to military rule in Pakistan, quietly resumed his duties Sunday after an incendiary two-year political confrontation that brought down one government and threatened another. In a sometimes tearful ending to the saga, supporters of the reinstated jurist raised the Pakistani flag at his residence, in keeping with a vow made by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination 15 months ago.
OPINION
January 6, 2008
Re "After Bhutto," editorial, Jan. 2 The Times editorial urges free and fair elections in Pakistan. How soon we forget. Democratic elections do not guarantee a peaceful nation. There appear to be nations that are only held together by a dictatorial strongman or which choose leaders bent on aggression against their neighbors. We removed Saddam Hussein, sponsored free and fair elections and produced a nation torn apart by sectarian conflict and a government in paralysis. Free and fair elections in the Palestinian territories brought a terrorist organization to power.
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March 13, 2009 | Mark Magnier
Police overwhelmed anti-government protesters Thursday in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, arresting opposition leaders and preventing several hundred lawyers and activists from leaving for a planned demonstration in Islamabad. The government of President Asif Ali Zardari contends that public gatherings could serve as a focal point for terrorists and otherwise endanger property and lives. Authorities also banned public gatherings in two key provinces and blocked major roads into Islamabad, the capital, with barriers and paramilitary vehicles.
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April 26, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's Supreme Court convicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday of contempt for failing to revive a long-standing graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari, a ruling that could eventually result in the premier's ouster and ramp up political tension in an important but troubled U.S. ally. The court opted not to sentence Gilani to a maximum six months in prison. However, under Pakistani law, a conviction could entail disqualification from the office he has held since 2008.
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