Minus one, minus two
By Beena Sarwar
The peaceful lawyers’ movement over the past year was instrumental in convincing Washington that there were other alternatives in Pakistan to their man Musharraf. Clearly, these alternatives had to be a political party. After elections ushered in a democratically-elected government, despite the pre- and post-election manoeuvrings, it was time for civil society and the lawyers to ‘hand over the torch’ to elected representatives, so they could hammer out the restoration issue constitutionally in whatever time it takes. This at least is the view taken by one faction of the pro-democracy camp.