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Pakistan turmoil as Gilani is removed in 'judicial coup'

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  • Pakistan turmoil as Gilani is removed in 'judicial coup'

    Pakistan's top court disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from office on Tuesday in a stunning move likened to a "judicial coup" that plunged the country into fresh turmoil.

    The Supreme Court convicted Gilani of contempt on April 26 for refusing to ask Switzerland to reopen multi-million-dollar graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, the culmination of a showdown between the judiciary and the government.

    The move exacerbates uncertainty in a country that is increasingly trying US patience over Al-Qaeda-linked havens, struggling with a Taliban insurgency and heading deeper towards a financial crisis that could force it back to the IMF.;_ylv=3