Pakistan: Triumph of Democracy

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry has been reinstated which has fulfilled the primary objective of the ongoing judiciary movement and the Long March. This was announced by the Pakistani Prime Minister in a televised speech. In addition the government has agreed to restore all deposed judges and review the Supreme Court decisions of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.

Farhan at Guppu Blog writes:

Finally, the government of Pakistan has surrendered in front of the will of Pakistani people. After trying every alternative, as a last resort, government of Pakistan has finally decided to restore the deposed Judges including Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry. It’s a kind of celebration here in Pakistan after all, the struggle of Lawyers, students, civil society, activists, bloggers have succeeded.

Talha Masood at Islamabad Metblogs is relieved:

People all over Pakistan are celebrating, and I had a sigh of relief as well keeping in mind that I feared loads of bloodshed today.

Faisal of Deadpan Thoughts writes in his post “The people have spoken“:

Today is a great day for this country, a defining moment. It is great not just because the Chief Justice has been restored to his rightful place, not because the leaders have finally seen sense. It is a great moment because the people of Pakistan all got together yesterday and showed their leaders that they will be held accountable fo their mistakes. It is glorious because the democracy that our leaders keep talking about was in full flow yesterday as the public demanded and their wishes were fulfilled, they had but one voice and one cause and all the containers blocking them, the police baton charging and tear gassing them and the barbed wires in their way were destroyed in front of the power of the people of this great land.

Let Us Build Pakistan rounds up news reports and blog posts to find out the real story behind the Long March and the restoration of chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

Earlier on the second day of the Long March GEO TV, a Private TV channel was blocked in many cities of Pakistan as crackdown on protesters continued. CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan reported:

Sherry Rehman, a PPP member and the Information Minister has reportedly resigned from her post, in protest of the GEO News ban.

Nila Kantha Chandra from Calcutta, India congrats the Pakistanis on this triumph of Democracy and comments that Indians have much to learn from this:

Indians have much to learn from Pakistanis about keeping democracy alive. Indians have been lulled into slumber by the rituals of democracy in India, devoid of its substance.

For too long, for an entire generation, Indians have taken their democracy for granted, and been steeped in apathy. And thus rendered our democracy comatose. A democracy is only as good as its citizens’ consciousness and activism.

So, I hope my fellow-countrymen (and women) learn from our dear neighbour, Pakistan. And until then, I doff my topi to Pakistanis and say: Pakistani Zindabad! (Long Live Pakistanis!)

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