Pakistan Elections 2008: The Judiciary Remains a Defining Issue in Pakistan Politics

Posted on March 9, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Law & Justice, Politics
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Pakistan Lawyer's Call for a Black Flag WeekAdil Najam

The judiciary issue remains an irritant to the mainstream political forces in Pakistan – including not just the current establishment but the current opposition forces struggling to become part of the new establishment.

The announcement from Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif that they intend to restore the judiciary within 30 days of the formation of the parliament is good news. But given the constitutional shenanigans that we have all become used to it remains unclear (a) whether they will be ‘allowed’ to do so, and (b) if so just what form a ‘restoration’ might take.

Aitzaz Ahsan's call for a Black Flag Week

More importantly, this announcement is a recognition of the political reality that the judiciary issue has become. Thanks, in part, to the tenacity and sagacity of Aitzaz Ahsan – who has not emerged as the key leader not only of the “Justice Movement” but of a larger civil society rising – the issue not only survives, but thrives. It never really was just about the Chief Justice, and is now clearly about much more – especially including the independence of the judiciary as an institution, about the rule of law, and about the sanctity of the constitution.

The call for the Lawyer’s Black Flag Week comes from Aitizaz Ahsan in his capacity as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, but it is clearly a call that he makes in his stature as a now national leader of a national civil movement. It is a passionate call. A well-worded call. A heart-felt call. A non-partisan call. A call to support constitutionalism. A call that asks no one to break the law, but everyone to register their calling. It is a call that is compelling.

We have admired Aitizaz’s political acumen as well as his poetic instincts in previous posts. He rises above the fray once again in how he words this call for “Black Flag Week.”

35 responses to “Pakistan Elections 2008: The Judiciary Remains a Defining Issue in Pakistan Politics”

  1. Afsa says:

    Great reception given to CJ and Aitizaz in Quetta today shows that they are still a great force.

  2. Dewana Phir Say says:

    Is this right;

    http://jang.com.pk/jang/mar2008-daily/28-03-2008/topst/m.1.jpg

    CJ meeting someone with serious corruption charges?

  3. AUK says:

    Posting from PakPolitics. This clearly outlines the issue.

    Well, I don

  4. Afzal says:

    I think the lawyers movement is a truly democratic movement and it makes all of us Pakistanis proud.

    Musharraf supporters really hate the people of Pakistan. Read their comments, and every comment will tell you how people of Pakistan cannot be trusted. Unlike Musharraf and his supporters, I am proud of the people of Pakistan and these lawyers demanding democracy.

  5. Rizwan says:

    Lahore is hit again.
    Free Media In the Most corrupt Country is not Free Media its sold Media
    Atzaz Hasan who is playing with the emotions of the people of Pakistan Thanks Media for supporting Lawyers Movement.Now ask the people of Pakistan that Lawyers movement is Pakistan

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