Arrest warrant for Pakistan interior minister

December 19, 2009 - 0:0

ISLAMABAD (Press TV) – A court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for Interior Minister Rehman Malik amid growing political turmoil in the nuclear-armed country.

Arrest warrants have been issued against 52 individuals including federal ministers and some of the persons sitting on key government positions.
Earlier, Pakistan's anti-corruption agency stopped Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar at Islamabad International Airport on his way to China for an official visit.
Nearly 250 other top officials are also barred from leaving the country as political turmoil deepens following a Supreme Court on revoking an amnesty deal which shields President Asif Ali Zardari and many other government officials from prosecution.
The 2007 National Reconciliation Ordinance allowed Zardari and his late wife Benazir Bhutto, a former prime minister, to return from self-exile without facing corruption charges.
Revoking the amnesty could challenge the legality of Zardari's presidency and raise corruption cases against some of his close associates.
The developments have plunged the country into political turmoil amid rising militancy.