President Musharraf is going to great lengths to present his recent action as legal. He got rid of most of the 17 members of the Supreme Court and replaced them with a nine member court that will do his bidding. The new Supreme Court Chief Justice, Abdul Hameed Dagar, joined with his colleagues in striking down lower court decisions which stated Musharraf had acted illegally in the imposition of martial law. I.A. Rhamin of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission said, “it is not good to curtail the powers of the judiciary and thrash the lawyers for raising their voices in favor of the supremacy off the judiciary and the rule of law.” In he meantime in northwest Pakistan, militants captures several towns without a fight. Maydan and Matta surrendered as their police and troops held up their arms in surrender and turned over their weapons to the Islamic militants.
The real question is whether or not Musharraf has sufficient power in the nation to bring to an end the insurgency in northwest regions and whether he is capable of working with political leaders in order to resolve the current crisis. If he can’t, where does that leave American foreign policy makers?