Required for Comparative Justice Students.
As you know, Pakistan's President Musharraf, declared a state of national emergency last week as the Supreme Court prepared to rule on the legality of his presidency. In making the declaration Musharraf suspended the constitution, fired the Chief Justice, closed TV stations, and arrested hundreds of activists and opposition leaders. Protests have erupted in Pakistan led by Pakistani lawyers. The deposed Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, urged Pakistanis to rise up against Musharrafs rule. These developments represent the clash between judicial independence and executive authority we predicted earlier in the semester. See this International Herald Tribune article. The Times of London has more.