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May 29

Pakistan: Judicial Crisis and the Future of Democratic Reform

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Please join us at The Heritage Foundation for a panel with distinguished experts to discuss the current judicial crisis in Pakistan and its implications for the future of democracy in the country.  The judicial crisis took an ominous turn when over 40 civilians were killed during protest demonstrations in Karachi on May 12.  The murder of a Supreme Court official on May 14 has fueled mistrust and suspicion between the civil society and military leadership.  What are the implications of the crisis for civil-military relations in Pakistan?  How will the crisis affect upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections?  How can the crisis be resolved in order to prevent further violent unrest like that seen in Karachi?  How should the United States respond?  The panelists will address these issues in order to provide context to the current developments and offer peaceful ways out of the crisis that both preserve stability and forge a path toward a democratic future in Pakistan.

More About the Speakers

Najam Sethhi
Pakistan Weekly,
"The Friday Times"

Shuja Nawaz
Pakistani journalist, completing the book, Crossed Swords: Pakistan and Its Army, for Oxford University Press

Hassan Abbas
Research Fellow,
Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs,
Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University, and
Author of Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army and America's War on Terror

Hosted By

Lisa Curtis Lisa Curtis

Senior Research Fellow Read More