Ex-PM Battles Expulsion From Pakistan

Sharif's lawsuit may worsen Musharraf's tenuous position
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2007 9:02 AM CDT
Pakistani lawyers chant anti government slogans during a rally to condemn the deportation of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, in Peshawar, Pakistan. Lawyers for Sharif filed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif is taking Pervez Musharraf to court, hours after Musharraf ordered the deportation of his longtime political rival. In a move that casts further doubt on Musharraf's already shaky authority, Sharif—re-exiled to Saudi Arabia just 4 hours after his plane landed in Pakistan yesterday—filed suit in the supreme court charging the government with contempt.

"We will fight this battle in the court of law," says Sharif's nephew. The challenge sets up another potential battle between Musharraf and the supreme court, which has been working to rein him in. It ruled last month that Sharif must be allowed to return to Pakistan. "The government wants to curb the independence of the court," says one lawyer.