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Pakistani police: Bomb kills 3 at railway station
Police: Bomb kills 3, wounds 20 people at railway station in eastern Pakistan
By The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) ' Pakistani police say a bomb blast has killed at least three people and wounded about 20 at a railway station in the country's east.

Police official Manzoor Ahemd says the bomb went off on Tuesday outside a waiting room of the railway station in the eastern city of Lahore.

He says the dead and injured were taken to hospitals. Lahore is the capital of Pakistan's eastern Punjab province.



THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ISLAMABAD (AP) ' Pakistan's Supreme Court is expected to deliver its verdict later this week in a contempt case against the prime minister that could see him losing his job, the premier's lawyer said Tuesday.

A guilty verdict could also result in Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani serving up to six months in prison for his refusal to reopen an old corruption case against the president, his political ally.

That could stoke fresh political turmoil at a time when Pakistan is trying to patch up its relations with the United States and is grappling with a weak economy and a bloody Taliban insurgency.

But even if Gilani is forced to step down ' a process that could take months ' the deeper political impact could be limited since the ruling coalition has the majority in parliament needed to elect a new prime minister.

The court has summoned to Gilani to appear before it Thursday when it is expected to deliver its verdict, said his lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan.

"I am hopeful that the prime minister will be acquitted," Ahsan told reporters outside the courthouse in Islamabad.

The judges have repeatedly ordered the government to write a letter to Swiss authorities requesting they reopen a graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari that dates back to the late 1990s.

Gilani has refused, saying the president enjoys immunity from criminal prosecution while in office. He and other members of the ruling Pakistan People's Party have argued that the Supreme Court has relentlessly pursued the case because of bad blood between Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry and Zardari.

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Associated Press writer Munir Ahmed contributed to this report.


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