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SLAMABAD -- Officials say Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the country's prime minister as part of a corruption case involving private power stations.
Court officials say judges ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and others accused in the case on Tuesday. Ashraf was the minister of water and power before he became the country's premier.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court last month ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf within 24 hours on allegations of his involvement in corruption involving power-generation equipment.
The arrest order was widely seen as the latest round of a five-year-long battle for power between the court, which plays an activist role in local politics, and the Pakistan People’s Party-led government.
But three weeks later Mr. Ashraf remains in office as Pakistan heads toward general elections due by May.
So what gives?
A major reason the arrest has not been carried out is the National Accountability Bureau, a state body charged with investigating corruption and carrying out arrests, has refused to play ball with the Supreme Court.