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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:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Hours per day that a death-row inmate in China wears hand and ankle restraints:
A multidisciplinary team detected cardiac arrhythmia in the works of Beethoven.
There was a run on cases of 5.56mm M855 green-tip rifle bullets, after the White House moved to ban their manufacture and sale because they can pierce police armor.
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