Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pakistani Leader Moves to Ease Feud With Court

Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani appeared at the Supreme Court in Islamabad in an attempt to defuse a brewing fight with the judiciary and army that has destabilized the country in recent weeks.

The court earlier this week ordered Mr. Gilani to appear to explain why his government had failed to comply with a two-year-old court order to reopen graft investigations into President Asif Ali Zardari.

On Thursday, Mr. Gilani reiterated the government's position that Mr. Zardari is covered by presidential immunity from such a probe. The court adjourned proceedings to Feb. 1.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani waved as he left the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Jan 19, 2012.
Mr. Gilani's decision to attend the hearing and show the court the government respects the institution signals a change of tack by the ruling Pakistan People's Party as it tries to ease tensions with the nation's top judges. Read More...


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