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Pakistan's Ruling Party Stands By Zardari


Pakistan's ruling party leaders say they stand by President Asif Ali Zardari and allies stripped of amnesty on previous corruption charges.

A top official with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) said Saturday the party is united behind Mr. Zardari.

Secretary-General Jahangir Badar also told reporters in Islamabad Saturday the party will not ask for the resignation of political leaders accused of graft.

President Zardari held talks with party leaders on the matter Saturday.

The talks focused on the impact of a Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that struck down amnesty protection for more than 8,000 people, including Mr. Zardari and some of his top allies.

As president, Mr. Zardari is still immune from prosecution, but members of the opposition (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, PML-N) party are calling for his resignation.

Pakistan's anti-corruption body, the National Accountability Bureau, has placed about 250 officials on a travel ban list aimed at preventing suspects from fleeing the country.

The list includes four Cabinet members, including two from the ruling party and two from the minor MQM (Muttahida Qaumi Movement) party.

At least 52 politicians have been summoned to appear before corruption courts.

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