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article imagePakistan court issues arrest warrant for Interior Minister

By Andrew Moran     Dec 18, 2009 in World
A Pakistani court has issued an arrest warrant on Friday for the nation's Interior Minister Rehman Malik along with 52 other key government officials.
Pakistan is a growing nation of instability with government corruption, terrorist cells operating in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and its own intelligence agency being accused of playing both sides.
On Friday, a Pakistani court issued arrest warrants for Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik and 52 other public officials, including federal ministers and others sitting in high-level government positions, according to Press TV. A high court had struck down the National Reconciliation Ordinance that placed a hold on corruption investigations of many people in high-level positions.
In early December, a Pakistan anti-corruption agency, the National Accountability Burea, had arrested Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar at the Islamabad International Airport where he was on his way to China for an official visit. While 250 other officials have been barred from leaving the country.
Charges put forth include governmental abuse of power and members of the Interior Ministry accepting vehicles put forth by Toyota Motors in order to advance a contract.
However, according to the United Press International, Malik has denied any such arrest warrants and stated that all of the issues have been dealt with already.
Tehran Times reports that the internal political turmoil has increased since a Supreme Court decision on revoking an amnesty deal, which would shield current President Asif Ali Zardari and other top government officials from prosecution.
The United States-backed amnesty was part of a deal back in 2007.
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