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Pakistan Prime Minister Ordered Arrested by Court

On Monday, social media was full of conspiracy theories over the role the military might have played in the recent instability

On Monday, social media was full of conspiracy theories over the role the military might have played in the recent instability

January 16, 2013 – On Tuesday, the Supreme Court in Pakistan ordered Raja Pervez Ashraf the Pakistan Prime Minister to be arrested on allegations he was involved in corruption. This development risks destabilizing Pakistan prior to the general election.

The order by the court, which was reported on local channels on the television, comes just three months prior to the government, which is led by the Pakistan People’s Party, calling a national vote.

The arrest order, said reporters on local television, was related to corruption allegations in the renting of power plants to overcome a huge power crisis in Pakistan. Attempts to speak to a spokesman for the Prime Minister were not successful. Ashraf was once the minister of power and water.

Instability has been on the verge of taking place over the past few weeks. On Tuesday, a Canadian cleric, born in Pakistan led thousands into the Islamabad streets to call for fair and free polls.

The current government led by President Asif Ali Zardaro, is close to completing the first administration that was democratically elected to complete an entire term in the 66-year history of the country being independent.

A challenge to the ruling of Supreme Court posed could take place. In 2011, the court was successful in ousting a prime minister over the refusal of the PM to reopen a probe into grafting by Mr. Zardaro. Ashraf was then appointed following the ouster.

Nevertheless, the government has been able to remain in power due to opposition parties in the government not having the number of seats in the country’s parliament to challenge the ruling coalition.

The powerful military in the country, which governed the country for nearly 50% of its time since independence has stayed on the political sidelines to this point.

On Monday, social media was full of conspiracy theories over the role the military might have played in the recent instability.

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