Thursday, February 26, 2009

Supreme Court of Pakistan Bars Opposition Leader

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled this week that opposition leader Nawaz Sharif should be barred from holding elected office.  The ruling has created a political crisis as Mr. Sharif called for nationwide protests and the president imposed executive rule in the province of Punjab.  The Pakistan Supreme Court disqualified Mr. Sharif from holding public office because of a criminal conviction connected to the military coup that ousted him in 1999.  He had served as prime minister twice in the 1990s.  Click here to read more from the New York Times.


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