A Coup in Slow Motion?


The civilian government in Islamabad that has clung tenuously to power for four years faces perhaps the most direct challenge to its rule. That's after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was summoned before his nation's supreme court to explain why he should not be charged with contempt for failing to reopen a long dormant Swiss graft case implicating Pakistani President (and Gilani's boss) Asif Ali Zardari. Analysts see the hand of the country's powerful military pushing the judiciary into confrontation with Gilani. The top army brass are openly behind another investigation, this one...

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