When the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court did not bow to the pressure of General Pervez Musharraf (8/20, A-9, “Issue of judges tests Pakistan coalition”), the military dictator fired him and put him and 60 other judges under house arrest.
This led to an unprecedented movement by the lawyers, civil society and the media to try to restore him and the rest of the judiciary. That ultimately led to the Musharraf’s resignation. The majority of Pakistani people hope that Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudry will be restored to his post and rule of law will prevail in the country.
It is high time the United States promoted the cause of democracy in Pakistan and helped the newly elected government establish a sovereign judiciary