Thursday, December 17, 2009

President Zardari under pressure as Pakistani judges rule amnesty is void

• Opposition calls for resignation after supreme court decision

President faces legal battle over long-running allegations

President Asif Ali ZardariPresident Asif Ali Zardari faces a legal battle over corruption charges following the decision by Pakistan’s supreme court. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan suffered a fresh blow to his precarious position today when the supreme court ruled that an amnesty protecting him from corruption charges was null and void.

The main opposition party called for his resignation on moral grounds only hours after the ruling, but Zardari’s office said he had no intention of stepping down.

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