Supreme Court issues contempt notice to Pakistani PM

by Reuters
Monday, 16 January 2012 08:01 GMT


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ISLAMABAD, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday, ordering him to appear before the court over failure to prosecute government officials in long-running corruption cases.

The move could throw the country deeper into crisis.

"In these circumstances, we are left with no option, as a first step, to issue a show cause notice," the notice issued by the seven-member bench stated.

"The prime minister should appear personally in court on Jan. 19." (Reporting by Qasum Nauman; Writing by Chris Allbritton; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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