January 15, 2013 |
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.
April 26, 2012 |
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.
January 16, 2012 |
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.
April 22, 2011 |
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.
March 16, 2011 |
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.
February 2, 2011 |
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.