Here's a trick which is, quite simply, Rovian in its gall and temerity.
Pakistani Court Authorizes Return of Musharraf RivalI can easily picture the look on the bespectacled Chaudhry's "anxious" face upon hearing that assertion. The cat has already been locked 0ut of the Court one time, and his recent spate of rulings against Musharraf's government must surely have him periodically glancing sideways for the government muscle-men who could, at any minute - especially if Pakistan were to find itself, spontaneously, under retro-active emergency rule - haul him off in one of those all too frequent, and quite possibly permanent, disappearing acts.
In a sign of just how precarious the political situation has become, a government lawyer asserted during Thursday's hearing that the country was already under emergency rule, and had been since a 1998 move by Sharif's government that the lawyer insisted had never been overturned. Chaudhry, looking anxious, asked Attorney General Malik Mohammed Qayyum whether that was true. Qayyum said he would need to look into it.
As we in the States have begun to become so intimately reacquainted with experiencing, governments with major paranoias - real or substantially psycho-circumstantial - can and will find a means to interpret anything in any way that suits their purpose.
After a brief recess, Qayyum told the court that he had heard from "the highest level of the government" and that, for the moment, the country was not under any emergency.Like it wasn't obvious already? Oh! That's right. As with the government Spying programs in the United States, you know, the ones which aren't really subject to the F.I.S.A. courts which were established specifically to overlook them, the law is simply a general guide-line which the rulers may use or ignore depending entirely upon what works for them.
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Oh. Well, right then.
Good luck with that, eh. . .