Pakistani high court pursues charges against prime minister
Tension intensifies between judiciary and government
The simmering crisis between Pakistan’s government and judiciary flared Thursday when the Supreme Court announced it would pursue contempt charges against the prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, for failing to reopen a corruption investigation into the finances of his boss, President Asif Ali Zardari. The Supreme Court said it would start proceedings for contempt of court against Gilani on Feb. 13. If convicted, the prime minister faces up to six months in jail and possible disqualification from public office.