Wednesday, March 21, 2007


In a previous blog on Pakistan's judicial crisis caused by Gen. Musharraf suspending the Chief Justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court, I pointed out the hypocrisy of the U.S. Government urging Pakistan to follow the rule of law while it at the same time was trying to fire eight U.S. attorneys for what appears to be illegal partisan political reasons.

Now today Griff Witte in the Washington Post reports that police stormed into offices of law firms last week in Lahore and smashed furniture, computers and files. According to lawyers in Witte's story, the raid was a clear message to lawyers from Musharraf against continuing the protests against the government on behalf of the suspended Chief Justice.

So it seems that Musharraf's government is more in danger from protesting lawyers than from fundamentalists eager to overthrow secular Musharraf. Witte reports that the lawyers intend to continue their protest today in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital.

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