Friday, February 24, 2017

Stalemate? impasse? [with fake news alert]

It would appear that Pakistani political parties have not yet reached agreement on whether, for how long, and on what terms to revive the 21st Amendment military courts. According to this account, today's meeting, like its predecessors, proved fruitless. A further meeting will be held on February 28th. Between now and then, one can only speculate about what additional horse-trading will take place behind the scenes. Smoke-filled rooms are sometimes necessary, but this is setting records.

Postscript: The Editor just noticed this article, which asserts that an 18-month deal has been struck. It is inconsistent with reports from respected newspapers and appears to be a case of fake news.

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