17 February 2009

Turning back the clock

To, say... the 13th century.

While no reasonable person is going to try and make a case for returning a military-backed regime a la early Musharraf... it appears as though Pakistan is poised at the top of a very slippery slope...
"This means you have surrendered to a handful of extremists," said Athar Minallah, a leader of a lawyers' movement that has campaigned for an independent judiciary.

"The state is under attack; instead of dealing with them as aggressors, the government has abdicated."

Shuja Nawaz, the author of "Crossed Swords," a book on the Pakistani military, said that with the accord, "the government is ceding a great deal of space" to the militants.
This could get ugly.