I am hopeful with the retirement of the infamous Chief Justice, Pakistan will not only have an independent judiciary but an unbiased one as well. Unlike Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the remaining Justices are the true heroes of the Lawyers' Movement.
I can say with some confidence that President Zardari's legacy will be written in golden words. I don't say this as his son, or patron-and-chief of the Pakistan People's Party - but as a student of history.
Pakistan's collaborative democracy -- a form of government under which the leading political parties engage in dualistic politics of simultaneously governing and sitting in opposition -- has surfaced as a consequence of fortuitous election results.
In the context of rumors about an impending military coup in Pakistan, Obama's unannounced meeting with the Pakistani delegation emphasizing American support for the present civilian government might be a game-changer.
President Zardari has been accused of abusing the powers granted him by the constitution. Thus, giving them up is a political move, a last ditch effort to hang onto office after 18 months of political mishaps.