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Pakistani PM wanted for graft

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Pakistan’s political parties fear the military is backing Qadri’s movement in the hope it will trigger a crisis that will provide a new opportunity for the army to meddle in politics ahead of elections due in spring.

The government and opposition are poised to start negotiating the formation of a caretaker administration to oversee the run-up to the polls as soon as parliament is dissolved, which is due March. An election date has yet to be announced.

Qadri’s platform hinges on a demand that the judiciary bars corrupt politicians from office and that the army play a possible role in forming the caretaker government.

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