Pakistan

PM gets more time from court


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Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has won more time from the Supreme Court before he is obliged to meet their requirement to write to Swiss authorities.

The court has insisted that the prime minister write to the Swiss authorities asking them to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. When the previous prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, failed to do so he was declared in contempt of court and disqualified from the post of prime minister.

The court has given the current prime minister until 18th September to comply with their demands. Should he fail to do so then he will be held in contempt of court, be disqualified as prime minister and the ruling coalition will, no doubt, put in place a new prime minister.

The on-going battle between the government and the court has acted as a destabilising factor in the government tackling important state issues, not least a flagging economy and severe energy shortages.

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