So, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry gets reinstated and the mainstream Western media, as usual, distorts a crucial section of the story. Consider this recap in a release from the Associated Press (AP) highlighted on the main page of Yahoo!:
The leading press agency fails to inform the Western audience that the cases which CJ Chaudhry was taking up (and which led to his dismissal by Musharraf) were related to the “missing persons” illegally handed over to American authorities (Read AP Story).“Former President Pervez Musharraf fired Chaudhry, 60, in 2007 after he took up cases challenging the leader's rule, sparking a wave of protests that helped force Musharraf from power in 2008.”
If, in the near future, the Pakistani masses interpret the triumph of the Lawyers’ Movement as also a victory against the unlawful interference of foreign powers in their country, then the AP has successfully failed to prepare its Western audience for understanding the connection. Whether it is sheer arrogance or plain mediocrity of the Western media, we cannot say.