Monday, 10 December 2007

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia Mess with the Supreme Court

Saudi Arabia has offered to sponsor a pilgrimage for Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court in Pakistan, who has been under house arrest since Musharraf's coup d'etat in early November. This is being interpreted as a means of relocating Chaudhary so the Pakistani government can continue with its usurpation of power.

This is not the first time Saudi has interfered in Pakistan's politics. Nawaz Sharif was exiled there in 2000, although interestingly Saudi brokered his return for the upcoming election.

Musharraf and his puppet government are afraid of Chaudhary because he represents legitimacy, legality, and integrity. He possesses the capacity to catalyze the opposition forces and mobilize them in a real challenge to the incumbents.

They can't kill him, but they can attempt to remove him. And, of course, the Americans favour this for they don't want to upset Musharraf's "war" against terror.

I hope Chaudhary is able to resist and remain alive. I want to see him restored as chief justice. He seems to be the only person in Pakistan who believes in the concept.

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