Pakistan: Arrest Prime Minister
Meanwhile, cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri makes waves
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2013 2:17 AM CST
In this Friday, June 22, 2012 file photo, Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf waves in Islamabad, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

(Newser) – Fresh turmoil in Pakistan today, as its Supreme Court ordered that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf be arrested within 24 hours. The move isn't exactly a surprise, but the drama there isn't limited to Ashraf's situation, which springs from accusations that the former water and power minister scored kickbacks from private energy initiatives. Rather, it's another name that's making waves: that of Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri. The firebrand cleric has been camped out in Islamabad, where he is calling for the government to resign—and he's surrounded by thousands of supporters, reports Reuters.

Qadri has pledged to remain near parliament until the government does away with the current legislature and installs a caretaker government. The military is believed to be backing him in the hopes he will create an opening for it to play a role in said government and potentially delay spring elections, reports the New York Times. Is Ashraf's lot linked to Qadri's? The Times says there's no proof of that, though analysts believe the court may be leveraging the anti-government sentiment he is creating in order to continue its crusade against President Asif Ali Zardari. Interesting side note: In addition to his many religious followers, Qadri has attracted a number of other supporters to his cause by way of his decision to leave a " luxurious" lifestyle in Canada and return to Pakistan.

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stsheetrock
Jan 16, 2013 11:01 AM CST
Now that an arrest warrant issued for Qadri who cloned D-Chowk outta Tahrir Square to lure millions to streets to get their country back. I only took it seriously when I noticed that India terrified and began stockpiling on Arms. I love the Indian panic. It will give Delhi a break from gangrape headlines that’s diddles India today. Back to Qadri. Here’s a loose change. Qadri ain’t fostered the Arabspring as yet. Qadri has his own five-minute agenda: “Zardari corrupt and People need food, clothes, homes, jobs and electricity, not another fake change”. That’s boring. Who cares? It’s just another Benazir Bhutto Zombies taking the street to skip work and loot neighborhoods. It’s the good old Corrupt Pakistani Chaos Manor. Yes! People need food, clothes, homes, jobs and electricity. That’s right Sheikh Qadri! But from whom? Who will provide these utopias? Obama, Abu Dhabi, Saudi. Please be specific. Who would trust Pakistani unless he’s bluffed or extorted? Pakistan status quo is corrupt and beyond repair. Pakistanis need a tsunami or the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009 Berman- Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill that provides food, clothes, homes, jobs and electricity. They bonked everything. They’re Pavement Pizza. Pakistanis sold their soul to the devil and doled their airspace to Atari Hikikomori to gun-down anything in AFPAK that moves on their screen. Pakistan is America’s Sky-Death Experiment Field. Drone-Dart. What Pakistanis need God for? Will God bless Qadri to save Dante's Inferno habitat that accountable of the death of their own elders, women, children and half of planet earth narcotics innocent victims. Pakistan is a two trillion dollar narcotic underworld economy. For fools! Pakistan a failing state populated by vulnerables and yet it’s a thuggery bonanza for the underworld. I don’t think Qadri knows that. That’s why he’s Canadian. Arabspringers took the street because they wanted God to provide food, clothes, homes, jobs and electricity not IMF. Arabspringers preferred trouble to prosperity simply because they loathed Thugocracies. ?????????? ??????? ????????? 22????????? ??? ????????? ??????????? ????? ????????? ?????? ????? ???????? ????? ??????? ????????? ?????????23?????? ????????? ???????? ????? ?????? ????????????? ?????? ???????? 24?????? ?????????????? ?????????? ???????????? ?????? ?????? ???????? ????? ???? ????? ??????? ?????????25??????? ????? ?????? ??? ?????? ????? ????????? ???? ????????????? ????????? 26??????? ??? ?????????? ????????? ????????? ????? ???????? ?????? ???????? ?????????27
HANKHILL
Jan 15, 2013 12:15 PM CST
arrest them all frome karzai on down! let them start over the right way!