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Pakistan Radicals to Face Court

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has sent notices to radical religious politicians to attend court in a row over their eligibility to serve as members of the national assembly. The request has led to accusations from religious leaders that the petition is a political ploy to undermine their authority. It comes in the middle of a dispute between the government and religious leaders over the constitutional powers President Musharraf awarded himself last year. Supreme Court notices were sent out to 65 members of the MMA Alliance of Religious Parties after a petition was lodged with the court challenging their academic credentials. According to rules applied to last year’s national election by President Musharraf, every candidate must have a university degree to serve in the assembly. Full Story

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