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6:04 AM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
Pakistani Law Minister Babar Awan (C), flanked by Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira (R) and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Minister for Water and Power (L), talks to the media after appearing at the Supreme Court in Islamabad on May 25, 2010. Pakistan's Supreme Court gave the government a two-week ultimatum to submit a report on steps being taken to re-open corruption cases against the head of state and other politicians. President Asif Ali Zardari is immune from prosecution while in office, but the
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ISLAMABAD (AP) - Officials say Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the country's prime minister as part of a corruption case involving private power stations.

Court officials say judges ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and others accused in the case on Tuesday. Ashraf was the minister of water and power before he became the country's premier.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The prime minister's adviser, Fawad Chaudhry, condemned the court's order, calling it unconstitutional.

The Associated Press

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