Pakistan’s defiant lawyers

February 3, 2008

It’s interesting to note the issue that attracts the most comments from Pakistani bloggers is not Islamist militancy, certainly not its nuclear weapons, but its lawyers.

On Jan. 25 I wrote about how the lawyers’ movement had a special resonance in Pakistan not easily understood elsewhere. Now the release and fresh detention of opposition lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan has everyone ploughing in again.

Lawyers’ protest Jan 31

“What can he do that is so dangerous that he must be locked up again and again?” asks The Pakistani SpectatorAll Things Pakistan says President Pervez Musharraf seems to regard sacked Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary and Aitzaz Ahsan as the most serious threat to his power.  Pakistan Politics has a string of comments, mostly in defence of the lawyers, while Teeth Maestro accuses Musharraf of following a “personal agenda”.

During his European trip, Musharraf defended his crackdown on the lawyers, saying it was ”a legal issue that was converted into a political issue and then further converted into a crisis for the nation”.

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