Violence in Pakistan
Human Rights Lawyer Murdered in Pakistan
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  • Corlyss

    I’ve been wondering how you have lawyers in a failed state where they have no idea what the rule of law is or means and have never had it.

    • gabrielsyme

      Not the case. Pakistan has a fairly robust tradition of the rule of law, inherited from the British Raj; it is the practice of the government where Pakistan falls far short. But lawyers continue to be trained along English traditional lines, and the influence is still felt. Lawyers have regularly been at the forefront of protests against the various dictatorships in Pakistan, for example, and the existence of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan continues to testify to the positive influence of the English legal tradition in a barbaric land.

      • Corlyss

        “it is the practice of the government where Pakistan falls far short.”

        Pardon me, Gabriel. I didn’t realize my point was so difficult to grasp. I am well aware of how robust the rule of law was while the Brits were there. Since they left, what replaced it has descended into tribalism and military thuggery ever since, which has indeed put “the rule of law” as a concept far beyond the grasp of the indigenous primitives.

        “Lawyers have regularly been at the forefront of protests against the various dictatorships in Pakistan.”

        And what is it that makes said feckless demonstrations necessary? Not the presence of the rule of law, that’s for darn sure.

        “the existence of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan continues to testify to the positive influence of the English legal tradition.”

        Right.

        • gabrielsyme

          I didn’t realize my point was so difficult to grasp.

          You didn’t say Pakistan doesn’t have the rule of law. You said they had never had it and have no idea what the rule of law means. That is clearly not the case.

          • Corlyss

            They weren’t Pakistan when they had the rule of law. They were the British Raj.

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