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Judges: the new force in Pakistani politics

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Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf is escorted by security officials as he leaves an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad, 20 April, 2013
Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf is escorted by security officials as he leaves an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad, 20 April, 2013 Reuters/Tanveer Ahmed

Pakistanis go to the polls on Saturday and the former coalition government leader Pakistan People’s Party is having a tough fight holding onto power. It faces a stiff challenge from opposition parties, and it says it has another enemy: the judiciary.  The legal profession helped to bring down former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, in 2007 and it hasn’t been much kinder to his successors.

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