Are the Military and Courts Gearing Up for Another Assault on a Fledgling Democracy?
Waraich, Omar, The Independent (London, England)
It was like dj vu, all over again. Less than a year after Pakistan's Supreme Court sacked one Prime Minister, it appears to have trained its guns on his successor.
Last June, the Supreme Court sacked Yousuf Raza Gilani after he refused to write a letter to Swiss authorities urging them to reopen old corruption cases against his boss, President Asif Ali Zardari. Raja Pervez Ashraf, the current occupant of the Prime Minister's residence, didn't wish for the same fate, and wrote the letter. It hasn't helped him.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court said Mr Ashraf was implicated in a power-project scam from his less-than-glorious days as energy- starved Pakistan's Minister for Water and Power. The scandal had been a subject of the court's proceedings for many months now. What many observers question is the timing, and what appears to be the determination of the court to weaken the sitting government just a few months ahead of historic elections. The polls will be the first time that Pakistan's electorate will have an opportunity successfully to vote out a civilian government and decide who replaces …
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Publication information: Article title: Are the Military and Courts Gearing Up for Another Assault on a Fledgling Democracy?. Contributors: Waraich, Omar - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: January 16, 2013. Page number: 26. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.