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  • ** FILE ** In this Friday, June 22, 2012, file photo, Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf waves in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the country's prime minister as part of a corruption case involving private power stations, officials said Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

    Separation 
of powers fight roils Pakistan

    Pakistan's top court ordered the arrest of the prime minister in a corruption case Tuesday, the latest clash between the government and a judiciary that repeatedly has pressured the country's political leaders.


  • Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf waves upon his arrival for a hearing at the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Mr. Ashraf appeared before the court to explain why he has not followed instructions from a panel of judges to reopen an old corruption case against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani court gives PM more time to obey order

    Pakistan's top court on Monday gave the country's prime minister three more weeks to decide whether to obey its order to reopen an old corruption case against the president or face the prospect of being ousted from office like his predecessor.


  • Makhdoom Shahabuddin (center), nominated prime minister by the ruling Pakistan People's party, speaks to reporters June 21, 2012, after filing his candidacy paper at the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Associated Press)

    Pakistan gets new prime minister

    Pakistani lawmakers elected a ruling party loyalist as the new prime minister Friday, despite corruption allegations and his failure to end the country's energy crisis — setting in motion what is likely to be a short and turbulent premiership.


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