Monday, January 21, 2008

Pakistan After Bhutto: Former Judges & Families Imprisoned At Home; Musharaff Packs Courts with "Loyal To Me" New Judges

In effect, there is no legally-bound, impartial judiciary in Pakistan. Instead, President Pervez Musharaff retains former justices in a "neighborhood lockup" setting and has replaced them with court officials who've sworn a loyalty oath to him personally.

There simply is no chance of an independent, honest investigation into the assassination of Musharaff rival and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. And, there's not much chance of independent news, either, given the approved beatings of journalists.

Pakistan is a nuclear power with an unstable government. The worst may be yet to come.

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