Pakistan Court Gives Ashraf July 25 Deadline on Graft Order

Pakistan’s top court directed Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to seek the reopening of graft cases against the president by July 25, Geo television reported, an issue that led to the ousting of his predecessor.

Ashraf had sought more time to consult the law ministry before submitting his reply to the court, the broadcaster said.

The Supreme Court evicted Yousuf Raza Gilani from the prime minister’s office on June 19 after he refused to abide by the court’s earlier order that he ask Swiss authorities to resume corruption probes against Asif Ali Zardari.

Pakistan’s ruling coalition elected Ashraf on June 22 to replace Gilani.

Negotiating with political parties to stay on as a civilian president, military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2007 decreed an amnesty to halt corruption probes against 8,000 politicians and officials, including Zardari and his wife, assassinated former premier Benazir Bhutto.

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