Frontrunner arrested


With the National Assembly due to select a new Prime Minister tomorrow, Pakistan People’s Party veteran, Makhdoom Shahabuddin had seemed the most likely candidate following his nomination by President Asif Ali Zardari.

However his selection now seems to be in question, as an anti-narcotics judge in the city of Rawalpindi has issued a warrant for his arrest. The charges against him are linked to his time as health minister and the illegal importing of the drug Ephedrine. It is not yet clear if his nomination will go ahead under the circumstances. However, even if he were to become prime minister, he will probably still face calls by the Supreme Court to launch a corruption inquiry into Mr Zardari’s actions.

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