Pakistani prime minister agrees to court demand in graft case

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister told the Supreme Court today that the government would comply with a longstanding demand to reopen an old corruption case against the president, defusing a conflict that has roiled the country’s political system and led to the ouster of the last premier.

President Asif Ali Zardari is likely in little immediate danger from the case in Switzerland, where he is recognized as enjoying immunity from prosecution as a foreign head of state.

But the decision came as somewhat of a surprise to many in Pakistan, given the government had refused for months to follow the court’s order to write a letter to Swiss authorities asking them to reopen the case.

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