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In the struggle which might be headed “Lawyers vs. Musharraf,” it looks like the Pakistani dictator is about to take another thumping. On May 17, the Pakistani Supreme Court ruled that it, not Musharraf, would have the last say about the legality of the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. Musharraf’s move, taken on March 9, instantly propelled Chaudhry to political stardom in Pakistani. It is not completely clear that the Court will overturn Musharraf’s action. In particular, it has a tradition of creative engagement with military dictators – rarely engaging them head-on. On the other hand, the political winds in Pakistan seem very unfavorable to Musharraf at the moment.
The alternative would be for Musharraf to acknowledge a blunder and rescind his decision on Chaudhry. Carlotta Gall reports this morning in the New York Times that he is under pressure to do exactly that.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Minutes after a tornado hit Shiloh, Illinois, in April that the town’s warning siren sounded:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, announced that he has ordered the country’s navy and coast guard to bomb the ships of kidnappers even if civilian hostages are on board.
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