Showdown in Pakistan Averted!
The perils of writing posts last night and timing them for release in the morning!
Meet re-Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. His reinstatement meets the basic demand of Nawaz Sharif’s Long March to Islamabad. What’s more, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani announced that the government will petition for the reversal of a ruling from last month forbidding both Sharif and his brother for running for office. As a result, Sharif just now called off the Long March. Crisis apparently averted. (h/t Juan Cole.)