The havoc wreaked by the US’s “war on terror” created further instability in Pakistan this week after Nawaz Sharif and his allies quit the country’s governing coalition on Monday.
Nine ministers in Sharif’s PML-N party handed in their resignations in protest at the government’s refusal to reinstate judges sacked last year by Pakistan’s president, US-backed Pervez Musharraf.
Musharraf was humiliated in Pakistan’s elections earlier this year, which were won by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) of assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto. The US backs Musharraf over the judges question, while the PPP has vacillated.
The sacked judges are figureheads of Pakistan’s powerful civil society movement, which campaigns for democracy and against US interference.