Qadri thunders, Pak govt shows arrest warrant

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At a news conference, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said, "There are a few days left for the completion of the term (of the government). All the parties and real stakeholders have agreed that (the national and provincial) assemblies will complete their term on March 16... On that day, the assemblies will be dissolved automatically (and) ... the election will be held in time (within two months)."

The elections were expected to be held between May 5 and 15, Kaira said.

On the Supreme Court's order to arrest Prime Minister Ashraf, Kaira said, "The government of Pakistan is acting according to the law and what the Supreme Court has said will be acted upon. The judgment of the Supreme Court will be honoured."

However he clarified that several procedures would have to be completed by the National Accountability Bureau before an accountability or anti-corruption court can issue an arrest warrant.

Sources in the government said the NAB was unlikely to act immediately. The court's order had set no deadline.

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