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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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February 25, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - In a boost to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, a provincial court on Tuesday ordered that protesters end their blockade of the main NATO supply route through Pakistan. A two-member bench of the Peshawar High Court declared that protesters' ad hoc inspections of container trucks traveling into Afghanistan, which frequently barred trucks carrying NATO goods, were illegal and unconstitutional. Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, or PTI, the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, had set up unofficial checkpoints along a highway passing through the provincial capital of Peshawar since Nov. 24 to protest U.S. drone strikes in the country's tribal areas.
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October 7, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
As the 12 justices of Pakistan's Supreme Court deliberated the future of their deeply troubled country this week, one of the most senior judges paused to sum up the gravity of the decision they were about to make. "We are not going to let Rome burn while we sit here fiddling with the wording of our constitution," the judge declared. The decision handed down Wednesday evening was unprecedented.
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April 18, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- An Islamabad court Thursday ordered the arrest of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on charges of illegally detaining dozens of judges while in power, but the former dictator slipped away when Pakistani commandos assigned to provide him security shielded him from an arresting officer outside the courthouse and whisked him away to his sprawling, heavily guarded residence just outside the capital. The ruling by Islamabad High Court Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui provided further evidence that the onetime autocrat's decision to return to Pakistan after four years of self-imposed exile was a major miscalculation of the extent of support for him within Pakistani society today.
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July 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Senate passed a constitutional amendment allowing the Pakistani government to suspend the Supreme Court and establish special courts allowing only one appeal in "terrorist affected areas." Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the government "wants to deal with terrorists and miscreants with an iron hand." The amendment was approved by the lower house of Parliament, where outraged opposition lawmakers stormed out, saying the government banned debate and steamrollered the bill through.
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October 3, 1988
The Pakistani Supreme Court overturned a decree issued by the late President Zia ul-Haq and ruled that candidates in next month's election may run under the banner of a political party. The decision by the nation's highest court was a victory for opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who had sought to overturn the edict that said candidates must run as individuals, unaffiliated with political parties.
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January 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Six of the Supreme Court's 13 judges--including the chief justice--refused an order by Gen. Pervez Musharraf to take a new oath under a provisional constitution that would protect Pakistan's military from legal action. Of 102 judges, 89 were sworn in again, the government said. The refusal was seen as the sharpest challenge to the army since its bloodless coup ended civilian rule Oct. 12 and put Musharraf in charge.
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January 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Protesting the large number of intelligence agents and army personnel in his courtroom, a High Court justice refused today to hear a case of treason and hijacking against deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. High Court Justice Shabir Ahmed ordered the arrest of several intelligence agents, while others fled his courtroom, witnesses said.
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January 30, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The Supreme Court upheld the Nov. 5 dismissal of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto by President Farooq Leghari, clearing the way for elections that pollsters say she will lose. "There is enough material to establish corruption, nepotism and misrule," the court said. The judgment was applauded by business owners and the markets.
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July 27, 1987
President Zia ul-Haq, responding to recent bomb attacks in Pakistan, has created special tribunals with broad authority over cases of terrorism and other crimes, Justice Minister Wasim Sajjid said. The one-man, provincial tribunals will be allowed to deny bail and rule on any act that "in the opinion of the government is . . . shocking to public morality or has led to public outrage or created panic or an atmosphere of fear or anxiety amongst the public."
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January 15, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the prime minister in connection with a scandal from his days as water and power minister. The decision broadsides President Asif Ali Zardari's government just as he struggles to withstand large street rallies led by a charismatic Islamic cleric bent on the beleaguered leader's ouster. For more than a year, the Supreme Court has been probing Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf's role in the issuance of licenses to “rental power plants,” a short-term project that was supposed to help solve the country's crippling power shortages.
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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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January 16, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Dealing a heavy blow to Pakistan's embattled government, the Supreme Court on Monday initiated contempt proceedings against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for refusing to revive a long-standing corruption case against the nation's president. Gilani, a top ally of President Asif Ali Zardari in the ruling Pakistan People's Party, must appear before the court Thursday, when the justices will listen to his explanation for not going ahead with the case. If the court moves forward with the contempt proceedings and Gilani is convicted, he could be disqualified from office and forced to step down.
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April 22, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
In a ruling seen as a setback for women's rights in Pakistan, the country's Supreme Court on Thursday freed five men accused of gang-raping a woman on the orders of a village council. In 2002, elders in the southern Punjab village of Meerwala decreed that Mukhtar Mai, 30 at the time, should be raped in retaliation for her 13-year-old brother's alleged relationship with a woman from a wealthier family. Because of the severe social stigma associated with rape in Pakistan, many victims commit suicide or do not file complaints.
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March 16, 2011 | From Reuters
A CIA contractor indicted earlier in the day on two murder charges in Pakistan was acquitted and released on Wednesday after a deal to pay "blood money" to the victims' families was reached, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters. The deal ends a long-simmering diplomatic standoff between Pakistan and the United States. "The court first indicted him but the families later told court that they have accepted the blood money and they have pardoned him," Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters.
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February 2, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A Pakistani judge Tuesday barred authorities from releasing an American Consulate official accused of double murder despite the U.S. government's insistence that diplomatic immunity shields him from prosecution. Five days after Raymond Davis shot to death two Pakistani men in the eastern city of Lahore in what he said was self-defense, authorities here showed no signs of bowing to demands from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad that the 36-year-old be freed because he is a diplomat and therefore cannot be tried on criminal charges.
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December 4, 1997 | From Associated Press
A new chief justice was sworn in Wednesday to try to unite a Pakistani Supreme Court shattered by bitter judicial and political wrangling. Ajmal Mian, the most senior justice, took the oath of office in a ceremony at the grand marble courthouse attended by 14 other justices, dozens of legislators and the governors of Pakistan's four provinces. The only justice absent was Sajjad Ali Shah.
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June 26, 2008 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
The Pakistani Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed voting in a constituency where popular politician Nawaz Sharif wants to contest a seat in parliament, reviving his hopes of someday regaining the post of prime minister. The ruling represented the latest twist in what has become a debilitating power struggle between the two main parties nominally allied in the country's new government coalition.
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