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Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualifies PM Gilani

  • Pakistan's top court has barred Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt of court.

    In April, the Supreme Court convicted Gilani of failing to act on corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari.

    Gilani was spared a jail term and only given a token sentence.

    The charges against Zardari date back to the 1990s when his late wife Benazir Bhutto was prime minister. The couple was accused of using Swiss bank accounts to launder bribe money.

    Zardari has insisted the charges are politically motivated.

    Senior leaders of the governing Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and coalition partners spent much of the day holding emergency talks with Gilani and Zardari.

    Gilani is the first serving prime minister in the country’s history to be convicted by a court.