Lessons from the Lawyers' Movement

There was widespread agreement within and outside of Pakistan that Iftikhar Chaudhry's reinstatement as chief justice marked the beginning - albeit fragile and uncertain - of the country's democratization. In reality, however, it reaffirmed the need for (at least) three basic principles to inform Pakistan's political development. First, the rule of law is little more than a rhetorical construct if leaders violate it to maintain power and opponents support ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Kaizar Campwala - Jul 31, 2009 - 5:11 AM PDT
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Derek Hawkins
3.8
by Derek Hawkins - Jul. 31, 2009

An explanation of the power struggle in Pakistani government, in which go-getters one, two and three have used nascent elements of the country's democracy to their own strategic advantage. Good, but I wish this were more critical.

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Fabrice Florin
3.6
by Fabrice Florin - Jul. 31, 2009

Interesting observations about the Pakistani political landscape -- and the role played by lawyers and the judiciary in bringing about true democracy. The author provides a thoughtful interpretation for those already in the know, but doesn't provide a clear overview to help the general public understand the big picture on this complicated issue.

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Kaizar Campwala
4.5
by Kaizar Campwala - Jul. 31, 2009

Using a solid grasp of recent Pakistani political history, Wayne cautions the democracy movement in Pakistan from serving simply as a pawn for a rotating set of opportunistic politicians.

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Randy Morrow
3.5
by Randy Morrow - Aug. 1, 2009

A fairly high degree of familiarity with recent Pakistani politics (which I lack) is needed to truly appreciate this story.

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John Louden
3.3
by John Louden - Jul. 31, 2009

Does provide considerable insight (from the author's viewpoint, at least), but I found it a bit heavy handed.

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