President Musharraf submitted necessary papers in order to run again for the nation’s highest office although there is strong opposition to this goal. Roads leading into the capital city of Islamabad were blocked, most probably to prevent a demonstration by Pakistani lawyers against Musharraf’s effort to run for president. Supreme Court Justice Iftikhar Chaudhey summoned police in an effort to know why the roads were blocked and why lawyers were not being able to demonstrate. He also ordered the release of over 200 political opponents of Musharraf. Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister, remained silent on the Musharraf move, most probably because she has come to an agreement with him that once he is elected he will allow how to circumvent the law which prevents anyone from being prime minister for more than two terms.
The good news out of Pakistan is that the nation has a healthy and determined judiciary system which is upholding the law. The bad news is Musharraf refuses to allow civilian leadership to once again be in control of the nation.