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Pakistan’s Supreme Court rejects Prime Minister Gilani’s appeal; Supreme Court gives Inter-Services Intelligence until February 13 to present missing detainees; “Memogate” commission says Mansoor Ijaz may record statement from London; Interior Minister Malik says Pakistan is ready to begin talks with Baloch separatists; Police disperse protest rally in Karachi; Pakistan “strongly rejects” findings of U.S. Congressional hearing on Balochistan; Malik says NATO is not sending supplies through Pakistani airspace; PTI Chairman Imran Khan says his party will “shoot down” U.S. drones if it gains power; Pakistani security forces kill 11 militants in Kurram agency; Indian government releases five Pakistani prisoners; President Zardari suggests increasing bilateral trade with Sri-Lanka; Pakistani government allegedly arrests suspected assassins of former Afghan president.
- On Friday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court rejected Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s appeal against contempt charges. Gilani will have to appear before the court on Monday to face contempt proceedings for refusing to reopen an investigation into President Asif Ali Zardari’s corruption charges. If he is found guilty, Gilani could face six months in prison and removal from office.
- On Friday, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court heard the case regarding the seven suspected militants who have been detained by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate since 2010. Four of the detainees in this same group died under mysterious circumstances over the past six months. The court ordered the Director General of ISI, the Director General of Military Intelligence and the Judge Advocate General branch to bring the missing prisoners to the Supreme Court hearing on February 13.