More Trouble for Musharraf
Pakistan’s Supreme Court delivered a ruling Friday that smacks of a smackdown between the country’s other top legal players and President Pervez Musharraf, and in this round, Musharraf didn’t win: The court flouted Musharraf’s decision, made earlier this year, to suspend Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry (pictured) and voted that he be reinstated to his post.
The message for the government of Gen Musharraf is not even remotely comforting.
“The court has completely demolished the government’s case and has put an uncomfortable question mark on its moral standing,” says Wasim Ahmad Shah, a legal affairs correspondent who works for Dawn newspaper.
“In coming days, the government will find it increasingly difficult to deny that it tried to get rid of a constitutional office holder with malafide intentions.”