Friday, March 16, 2007

The Ides of March

"The [Pakistani] government have gone mad, crazy," said Senator Enver Baig of the Pakistan People's party. "When the chief justice is being treated like a criminal, what's happening to [Pakistan]?"

The crisis is ballooning out of the government's control and clumsy efforts to curb the fallout have hurt Gen Musharraf's fragile democratic credentials. Scores of opposition activists have been rounded up in recent days. A source in Lahore said the police had been given a list of lawyers for arrest. Yesterday in Islamabad Qazi Hussain Ahmed, leader of the Jamaat Islami religious party, was arrested. In Lahore a former president of Pakistan, Rafiq Tarar, was bundled into a police vehicle and driven away.

On Thursday the government media regulator ordered Geo television to take a popular chatshow, which intended to discuss the controversy, off air. "This raises serious questions about how much freedom is allowed when the subject is too close to home," said Imran Aslam, president of Geo.

The controversy is taking Gen Musharraf, famous for his boastful self-confidence, into unknown territory.

Newspaper columnists have drawn parallels with another general turned leader, Julius Caesar, and the ides of March. |Guardian|
As an attorney, I find it interesting that the government is targeting lawyers and the Chief Justice.

Do you ever wonder what you would do if the government came for you? If you asked to see the arrest warrant would they just pepper spray you?

General Musharraf has been one of this administration's biggest allies in the War on Terror, looks like Bush is about to lose another ally.


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