Religious Fanaticism Sways Pakistani Courts

In 2010 the world watched as Pakistani lawyers risked their lives to uphold the independence of the judiciary. However, since that time, many of those same lawyers have formed groups which now threaten judges unless the judge finds in favour of the lawyers' client. Two minutes after granting bail to those accused of blasphemy, a judge changed his opinion after a near riot in his courtroom by lawyers opposed to his decision. This is but one example of judges' loss of independence and lawyers using tactics similar to the Taliban.

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