Originally posted on National Post | News:
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s top court ordered the arrest of the country’s prime minister in a corruption case Tuesday, officials said, as a firebrand cleric rallied thousands of people against the government for a second day in the capital.
The Supreme Court’s order, which is likely to inflame the already antagonistic relationship between the government and the court, was related to a case involving private power stations set up to provide electricity to energy-starved Pakistan. The judges are investigating allegations that the bidding process was marred by corruption.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry ordered the arrest of several people involved in the case, including Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, who previously served as minister for water and power, said court officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.