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August 07, 2009

Juan Cole Makes a Really Good Point
Posted by Michael Cohen

Juan Cole picks up the far more important story coming out of Pakistan today:

Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled that emergency rule enforced by former President Pervez Musharraf was unconstitutional and illegal.

The order clears the way for him to be tried for treason because under the constitution, anyone found guilty of abrogating it can be prosecuted. The court ruling also said that the appointment of judges after the emergency was illegal.

As Cole points out this is the first time the Pakistani Supreme Court stood up to the military and calls it the most important turning point in the country's history since its founding in 1947.

This reminds me of a post I wrote about 5 months ago about a story that received a similar level of coverage: the restoration of the country's Supreme Court Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry after fulsome protests by one of Pakistan's most respected non-Islamic civil society institutions: the independent lawyer's movement.

For all the hand wringing about Pakistan and the overhyped notion that the country will fall or allow a loose nuke to fall into the hands of terrorists we tend to overlook the occasional good news coming out of the country. This is precisely one of those stories and as Cole argues, it deserves to receive a lot more attention than it has.


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