Pakistan politics testy ahead of Presidential vote
PAKISTAN: Pakistan prosecutors have confirmed they are pressing ahead
with corruption cases against opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, a move his
supporters said was aimed at further sidelining Sharif’s party ahead of
Members of the main governing Pakistan People’s Party insisted the
judicial proceedings had nothing to do with them.
But Tuesday’s news threatened to further sour the main ruling party’s
relations with Sharif, a popular figure whose party holds the
second-largest number of seats in parliament and which was just days ago
part of the ruling coalition.
Asif Ali Zardari, head of the Pakistan People’s Party and widower of
slain ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is expected to easily win the
presidency in Saturday’s vote by lawmakers. Sharif’s party is fielding a
retired judge as its candidate.
The U.S. is keenly awaiting the outcome of the election in Pakistan,
a country it considers crucial in the fight against Islamic extremism.