Pakistan’s highest court Indicts Prime Minister on Contempt Charge

Pakistan’s Supreme Court Chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chuadhry charged Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for failing to chase the old corruption charges of the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari. The charges were made by the seven-bench supreme court of Pakistan.

This could have serious implications that would result in Mr. Gilani losing his job, breakdown of the delicate coalition in democracy and the forthcoming elections in Pakistan. This case involves the Mr Gilani being urged by the court to write to the prosecutors in Switzerland and push them to reopen the corruption examination of $12 million that Mr Zardari has apparently received in the 1990s from a Swiss Company. The indictment is going to end in two weeks from now.

If the President is convicted he may face imprisonment for six months and can obviously be disqualified from being in charge of a public office. Looking at the way things are building up, the possibility of that happening is quite high. Pakistan has been suffering from highly susceptible contingencies with extremely jittery relations between the civilians of the country, the military and the weak coalition government. However, the Information Minister of Pakistan Firdous Ashiq Awan says that on considering the law and constitution of Pakistan the President of the country enjoys complete immunity.

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