It was bound to happen. The bad blood between the two institutions of Pakistan is very natural course of events. With Asif Ali Zardari as president and with Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as chief justice, the showdown between these pillars of the state is not something strange or out of context.

Asif Ali Zardari cannot get free from his past and Iftikhar Chaudhry cannot show expedience. Both are tied up with their past and they have to deliver in present to survive in the future. Asif Ali Zardari’s cases are still there in Swiss courts and 60 million dollars are a big question mark. He has got immunity right now because of his office, but then there are some moral and ethical issues and impeachment or the directive from the supreme court is not much far away.
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Besides of that the key role here is of the premier Yousuf Raza Gilani. Would he be able to follow the orders of Supreme Court and ask the Swiss government on behalf of Pakistani government to reopen the cases? Does he have the mettle to act upon his own boss and against that man who has placed him in such a prestigitous position, the head of executive? That question is very very important and it is this question which will determine the fate of our nation. Yes it is so important.

And yes in the name of combating the conspiracies, the president could also follow Musharraf’s footsteps and sack the CJP.