June 21st, 2012
09:33 AM ET

Warrant issued for Pakistani PM nominee

A day after Makhdoom Shahabuddin was tapped as the ruling party's candidate for prime minister, a trial court in Pakistan issued a warrant for his arrest Thursday, a government official said.

Shahabuddin's name had been linked to a drug scandal when Pakistan's anti-narcotics force began investigating the illegal import in 2010 of the stimulant ephedrine. Shahabuddin, considered a loyalist of President Asif Ali Zardari, served as the health minister at the time.

It was not immediately clear how the arrest warrant would impact Shahabuddin's candidacy and if he would be arrested. The government official who disclosed the development asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media on the record.

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  1. saywhat

    That sure surprises everyone. A spotless, blameless, pristine regime at rule and this happens – sad. lol

    June 21, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. HIDE BEHIND

    And this scandolous event means what?Not said.
    Of course none of our elected or apponinted officials have had any "irregularitys" in their past.
    Forgot the name of american sage who once quipped; "Those who run for public office say they want to serve, but in truth they wish to rule; and there has never been a ruler that was not corrupt."

    June 21, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |