Pakistani PM announces court probe into rigging allegations
Published on Aug 13, 2014 1:01 AM
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday announced the Supreme Court would probe opposition allegations of rigging in last year's elections, in a bid to diffuse a growing political crisis that has unnerved his government.
The announcement was made two days ahead of the country's Independence Day celebrations, when followers of an opposition leader and a populist cleric plan to march on the capital to demand that Mr Sharif's government step down ahead of a fresh vote.
Mr Sharif's 2013 victory saw Pakistan's first-ever handover of power from one civilian-led government to another, in polls that local and foreign observers called credible.
Many analysts have said the opposition groups are playing into the hands of the country's powerful military establishment which wishes to cut the civilian government, with which it has several disagreements, down to size.
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