Defending Pakistan's constitution

By Sean O'Brien '95, '01J.D., '02LL.M.


When General Pervez Musharraf suspended the Pakistani Constitution and imposed martial law last November, Ali Qazilbash ’97LL.M., ’05J.S.D. knew that he was facing a crisis for which he had prepared all of his life.

Ironically, the news reached Qazilbash, dean of the Pakistan College of Law in Lahore, just after he had given a public presentation on the protections of the Pakistani Constitution. By decree of the general, who had ruled Pakistan for eight years after taking power in a military coup, those protections simply disappeared. In his attempt to silence opposition and be elected president, Musharraf also had hundreds of lawyers and human-rights activists arrested.…

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