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.FULL STORY