» 06/19/2012, 00.00
Supreme Court rules Gilani cannot be premier
The decision could plunge the country in chaos. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry did not simply impose a symbolic sentence as in April; instead, he threw the PM out of parliament. The cabinet and PPP leaders meet in an emergency meeting. Behind the executive-judiciary confrontation lurks the military.
Bishop of Islamabad: after the Gilani verdict, "unity" to overcome the political crisis
Emergency meeting of the People's Party to choose a new prime minister. Zardari cancels his trip to Russia. Msgr. Rufin Anthony hopes for dialogue between the parties and recalls the country's priorities: education, food, water and fighting corruption. But in Parliament the first conflicts are already emerging. A Catholic politician: early elections.
Supreme Court adjourns trial of Prime Minister Gilani for contempt
The Prime Minister is accused of insulting the judiciary for not reopening an investigation file for corruption against President Zardari. He risks imprisonment and removal from public office if convicted. But the real danger is the clash between the powers of the state, executive, judicial and military.
Supreme Court convicts Prime Minister Gilani to symbolic sentence
The Prime Minister found guilty of failing to comply with the provisions of the judiciary, calling for the reopening of the investigation of President Zardari, at the center of a corruption scandal. Gilani given symbolic sentence of a few minutes custody in the courtroom. Now the battle moves from a legal footing in the political arena.
The government reinstalls Iftikhar Chaudhry, the opposition calls off the “long march”
The spread of chaos is avoided. Lawyers and opposition members celebrate. All those arrested over recent days are freed. Nawaz Sharif: Now we will implement real democracy.
Power struggle in Islamabad as military and courts threaten the government
Pakistan is going through an institutional crisis. The Supreme Court cites PM Gilani for contempt. The military are tempted by a coup against President Zardari, who is accused of corruption and suspected of asking US help after Bin Laden’s killing. Parliament is set for a confidence vote.
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