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Wednesday
Dec282011

Pakistani President Warns of Military Takeover

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is hoping to head off a potential military coup by imploring Pakistanis to reject attempts at usurping democracy.

Zardari made his remarks Tuesday in southern Sindh province on the fourth anniversary of the assassination of his late wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Bhutto had just returned from exile two months earlier and was rumored to be seeking a return to power when she was slain on Dec. 27, 2007.

Zardari, who was later elected president, told his supporters that his wife's enemies "may have succeeded in eliminating her physically but [her] ideas and ideals … shall never be killed."

He also told the thousands who gathered at the family shrine to pay tribute to his wife that it was up to them "to defend and protect democracy and democratic institutions in the country and foil all conspiracies against it."

Zardari has always had uneasy relations with Pakistan's powerful military and his camp believes they will either try to remove him by force or through the judiciary.  His ouster would be a blow to Washington, which considers Zardari one of its strongest allies in Pakistan.

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Saturday
Feb122011

Arrest Warrant Issued for Pervez Musharraf

Photo Courtesy - AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- A Pakistan court has issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf, in connection with the 2007 assassination of opposition party leader Benazir Bhutto.

Reports are that the warrant orders Musharraf to appear in court on Feb. 19 to answer to allegations by prosecutors that he failed to provide Bhutto with adequate protection around the time she was assassinated. Prosecutors are claiming that in the period leading up to Bhutto’s death, Musharraf was aware that the Taliban had been targeting Bhutto, but despite this knowledge Musharraf didn’t give the proper protection.

"There is no basis for the case,” Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesperson for Musharraf, told BBC News. “This is a politically motivated court ruling and the [former] president has no intention of complying."

Bhutto served as Pakistan’s prime minister from 1988-1990, and again from 1993-1996. She was assassinated in the city of Rawalpindi in December 2007 while campaigning for the presidency.

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