Pakistan is at last finding its voice. The US would be wise not to gag it

The volatility of Pakistan's history makes me cautious of claiming that something fundamental has changed, but I suspect it may have.

Last year, images of Pakistani lawyers in suits clashing with staff-wielding police officers made the newspapers for good reason. It is significant that in a country where those in power (soldiers, tribal chiefs, bureaucrats, landlords, the wealthy) have traditionally mistreated the weak with impunity, the demand for the rule of law has gained mass support.

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