Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pakistan judiciary at sea over axing

The uprising of lawyers around Pakistan is embarrassing the government. Normally the government can find lots of sources to blame for its problems: India is a good source of trouble, always a safe source to blame. Bush and American policy is another source of "pressure" that the government has to deal with. But it is hard to blame India or the United States for such widespread demonstrations by lawyers in the country. The claims made by the one legal source mentioned in this article can hardly be considered representative in view of the broadly based reaction of the lawyers. Something serious is taking place in Pakistan and the judiciary seems to be at the heart of it, at least for now. What else can go wrong?

The Australian
Bruce Loudon
"Pakistan's judicial system was in turmoil last night as angry lawyers at courts across the country took to the streets to protest against the summary sacking of the country's chief justice and burn effigies of President Pervez Musharraf, accusing him of having staged 'a judicial coup' "

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