Most Active Stories
- Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold
- Empire Brewing Company says new brewery will create distinctive craft beers
- Schumer hopes federal funds will help local brewpub expand
- Teachers union not ready to reverse no confidence vote in education commissioner
- Small group protests possibility of housing Central American immigrants in Syraucse
Arrest Warrant Issued For Pakistan's Prime Minister Nominee
"Turmoil" doesn't seem like a strong enough word anymore to describe what's happening in Pakistani politics.
Tuesday, Pakistan's highest court ruled that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was "disqualified" from remaining in office because he had refused to reopen a multi-million-dollar corruption probe aimed at President Asif Ali Zardari.
Today, the ruling Pakistan People's Party nominated a replacement — Makhdoom Shahabuddin — and the country's Anti-Narcotics Force almost immediately issued a warrant for his arrest. Pakistan's Dawn newspaper says Shahabuddin is at the center of an investigation into whether government officials were involved in a sandal "involving the import of a drug that can be used to make methamphetamine," as The Associated Press writes.
The wire service adds that:
"It's unclear whether the development could derail his nomination. Legal cases are routinely filed against Pakistani politicians by rivals as a means of weakening them. Often, the cases drag on for years, and the politician's career is unhindered. In Shahabuddin's case, any arrest warrant may automatically be dropped if he became prime minister because he has immunity from prosecution."