Skip to comments.Pakistan supreme court orders arrest of prime minister on corruption charges
Posted on 01/15/2013 12:13:05 PM PST by BenLurkin
Pakistan's supreme court has ordered the arrest of the prime minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, on corruption charges, heightening fears that the country's fragile democracy could be derailed by the campaign of tens of thousands of anti-corruption protesters camped out on the streets outside parliament.
The unexpected announcement came as Tahir-ul-Qadri, an Islamic scholar who led a "million-man march" on Islamabad on Monday, addressed his supporters, railing against the electoral malpractice of Pakistan's political class. When news of the order spread, the crowd erupted in cries of "long live the supreme court".
The previous night Qadri had told those camped out on Islamabad's central avenue that the government, led by the Pakistan People's party (PPP), had lost all right to rule, declaring that the "false mandate of the rulers" was over.
For some protesters, who claimed to see the name of Allah in the clouds above Islamabad, the court's decision was a sign of divine intervention in favour of their sit-in, which began on Monday afternoon. But for many other observers the timing of the announcement increased fears of an establishment attempt to force out a civilian government in a country that has been ruled by the military for half its history.
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If only our supreme court would uphold their oaths ....
This is hardly a victory for rule of law. It is one faction (Islamists) using the "law" to fight another faction (Liberalizing, if not exactly pro-Western). It's as if the Supreme Court in 2001 in Gore v. Bush had ordered Bush arrested for electoral fraud.