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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pakistan court restrained president from political activities
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On May 12, 2011, Pakistan's Lahore High Court ruled that President Asif Ali Zardari cannot participate in political activities. The ruling followed accusations that Zardari's role as co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party was interfering with his official public role. Zardari, widower of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was initially elected in 2008. Although Zardari had enjoyed immunity from prosecution for corruption under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), the Supreme Court of Pakistan struck down the law in December 2009. Following the revocation of the law, the Court has pursued charges against Zardari and members of his regime.

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