Pakistan arrests ex-PM’s son
ISLAMABAD - ReutersPakistani police arrested the son of a former prime minister on Sept. 14 in connection with a drugs case, the latest twist in a power struggle between the increasingly assertive Supreme Court and the ruling party.
Television stations showed police dragging Ali Musa Gilani from his vehicle and handcuffing him. He is accused of pressuring Health Ministry officials to exceed export quotas for ephedrine, an ingredient for cough medicine which can also be used to make ecstasy. Police said they detained Gilani ahead of his scheduled court appearance.
In June, the Supreme Court removed his father, Yusuf Raza Gilani, from his post as prime minister over his refusal to re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has earned a reputation for taking on Pakistan’s most powerful figures, including members of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party and the military, which has ruled the country for more than half of its history.