Zardari chairs crisis meeting; Awan`s warrants withdrawn
Last Updated: Sunday, December 20, 2009, 00:13
  
Islamabad: Political turmoil continued to grip Pakistan as a top Federal Minister was forced to appear before a court on Saturday following an arrest warrant issued against him in revived graft cases and to tackle the crisis President Asif Ali Zardari chaired a meeting of ruling PPP.

The court withdrew the non-bailable arrest warrant for federal Law Minister Babar Awan, a beneficiary of an amnesty scrapped by the Supreme Court, after he appeared before the judge and said he would attend future hearings of a case against him.

Awan is among several ministers who have been affected by the striking down of the NRO by the apex court.

An anti-corruption court in Karachi has directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik to appear before it on January 8 while authorities barred Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar from travelling to China on an official visit on Thursday after the reopening of a graft probe against him.

In a bid to head-off what could be worst political crisis of his 15-month in power, Zardari summoned a meeting of the executive committee of his ruling Pakistan People's Party to contemplate measures to save his government.

The crisis meeting took place as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani suspended the Interior Secretary and three other officials after authorities barred Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar from travelling to China.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, December 20, 2009, 00:13


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