‘SC’s decision on Musharraf’s eligibility will decide Pakistan’s fate’

November 14th, 2007 - 2:23 am ICT by admin  
The predominant view is that if the court derails Musharraf’s election and thereby his pledge to doff his uniform, Pakistan will plunge into an unprecedented crisis, which will hurt the judges, the economy, and the transition to democracy currently underway.

In the ensuing instability, only extremists would benefit, thereby alarming the international community and isolating Pakistan all over again, the analysts say.

But, if the court legitimises the presidential election and thus guarantees that Musharraf will become a civilian President, it will pave the way for a new and workable balance of power between the executive and judiciary, say mainstream politicians.

If the court rules against Musharraf, the latter is bound to react to protect his agenda. This would be counterproductive since all political parties, except those at the periphery like the Jamaat-e-Islami and the PML-N, would be hurt if this led to a postponement of elections, they added.

Musharrafmay react by imposing martial law or a Constitutional amendment with the PPP’s help to curtail the court’s powers. The historic gains made by the court in its quest for independence in the last six months could also be lost, the Daily Times reports. (ANI)

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