Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to face a contempt of court hearing this week, officials said.
The notice was issued for the government's failure to re-open thousands of corruption cases against politicians and bureaucrats, including President Asif Ali Zardari.
"Ultimately it's the prime minister who is responsible for carrying out the court's order and he has not. I think the court has lost its patience," said Ahmad Bilal Mehboob, the head of the Islamabad-based political think tank the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency.
The court also ordered Gilani to appear in person before the court Thursday.
The court has not found Gilani in contempt or convicted him of a crime, but only issued a notice of contempt - a lesser action.
Gilani will have the chance to defend himself Thursday, Mehboob said.
The court will rule whether he is in contempt after the hearing, likely at a later date, Mehboob said.
If convicted, the court could disqualify Gilani as a member of parliament, which would make him ineligible to be prime minster, Mehboob said. He said that decision could "take a while."
"The prime minister is not jeopardy," said Seyed Abid Ali Shah, a lawmaker representing Gilani's Pakistan Peoples Party.
"We will comply with the order of the Supreme Court. We have always upheld the rule of the law and we shall continue to do so," he said.FULL STORY