FROM Moeed Yusuf
Pakistan: Political Turmoil in an Unstable Ally Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani faces contempt charges in the Supreme Court for failing to pursue corruption charges against his boss, President Asif Ali Zardari. It appears that the military, which has engineered coups in the past, is behind the action. While its parliamentary government is under legal assault from, the country itself is in economic shambles, fighting a bloody conflict with Islamic extremists. With anti-Americanism on the rise, what's in store for the US and withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Pakistan: Political Turmoil in an Unstable Ally Rumors of a coup may be premature, but Pakistan's military appears to be using the country's Supreme Court to cause big trouble for the civilian leadership. Charges of past corruption could force both President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani out of office, partly because they've been publicly critical of the army. They've lost public support due to massive energy shortages, a staggering economy and the bloody wars against the Taliban and other extremists. Can democracy survive in an unstable nuclear power where 70 percent of the population is under 30? What about the US and the war in Afghanistan?
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