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Reuters: Court “Bulldozes” For Gen Musharraf

From those champions of an active judiciary at Reuters:


A Pakistani human rights activist chants slogans through a megaphone with a sign on her head reading “Military Dictatorship is Unacceptable” during a protest rally against the country’s military ruler President Gen. Pervez Musharraf who has imposed emergency rule and restrictions upon the media, Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Pakistan court bulldozes through rulings for Musharraf

By Kamran Haider

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court, packed with government-friendly judges since the imposition of emergency rule, dismissed on Monday the main challenges to President Pervez Musharraf’s re-election last month.

Once the court clears Musharraf’s October 6 victory, he has vowed to quit as army chief and become a civilian president, although he remains under fire from the opposition and Western allies for setting back democracy in nuclear-armed Pakistan.

A bench of 10 judges struck down the five main challenges to Musharraf’s right to contest the election while still army chief. The sixth and final petition will be heard on Thursday.

“The notification of the president’s election cannot be issued because a petition is still pending. Hopefully, it will be done after that,” Attorney-General Malik Qayyum told Reuters.

Musharraf’s main aim in taking emergency powers was to purge the Supreme Court of men he feared would annul his re-election.

The Karachi stock market’s main index rebounded more than 350 points from lows following the court’s action to end Monday 1.2 percent higher. It is still nearly 5 percent below pre-emergency levels, but 32 percent up since the start of the year.

During Monday’s proceedings, judges warned lawyers they faced contempt charges and cancellation of their licenses if they persisted in challenging the legality of Musharraf’s new bench.

“You’re taking it lightly, but you don’t know that your license can be cancelled and strict action can be taken against you,” Justice Nawaz Abbasi told a lawyer acting for Wajihuddin Ahmed, a former chief justice, who had run against Musharraf.

On Sunday Musharraf said he was asking the Election Commission to call a parliamentary election on January 8.

“Inshallah (God willing), the general elections in the country would be held on January 8,” the official Associated Press of Pakistan news agency quoted Musharraf as saying…

Well, there is certainly no bias in that headline, is there?

And what a shame that Pakistan’s government can’t be overturned on a preposterous technicality.

Our media and the Democrats will just have to find another way to give a victory to the terrorists.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 19th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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