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Pakistan PM announces court probe

Pakistan PM announces court probe

Afp, Islamabad

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday announced the Supreme Court would probe allegations of rigging in last year's elections, in an apparent bid to diffuse a political crisis that was immediately rejected by an opposition leader.
The announcement was made two days ahead of the country's Independence Day celebrations, when followers of cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri plan to march on the capital to demand that Sharif's government step down ahead of a fresh vote.
But the proposal was almost immediately rejected by Khan, who heads the country's third largest party and has called the 2013 election the most fraudulent in the country's history.
Khan's rejection of a judicial probe was an apparent U-turn on an interview he gave to a local TV station a short while earlier in which he said he had faith in the Supreme Court and would trust any decision it made.

 

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