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Pakistan: Hold the lawyer jokes

Post by David Seago on Nov. 6, 2007 at 6:07 am |
November 6, 2007 6:07 am

Buddhist monks have led uprisings. So have students, slaves, soldiers, puritans, pretenders and the poor of Paris.

But lawyers?

Oddly enough, a lot of the people fighting the riot police in the streets of Pakistan are attorneys angry that President Musharraf had fired the country’s supreme court and dismantled its independent judiciary.

In one battle, lawyers stood on the roof of a court building in Lahore and threw rocks on the police below. They threatened to throw eggs at the Musharraf lackeys who’d been appointed judges after the judiciary had been purged.

Pakistan’s not a lost cause if do many of its attorneys are this passionate about the rule of law. Let’s hope they have plenty of company.

Our editorial on Musharraf.

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