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Social media minefield

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IN a polarised milieu, calls for accountability may mean anything from simply an expectation that the rule of law will be upheld to seeking freedom for a lynch mob to run amok with a hangman’s noose. God help you if you are caught on the wrong side of the fence with the wrong interpretation.

The Panama Papers leak and the resulting demands for accountability in Pakistan’s charged political environment, with many visible and invisible players on opposing sides, meant that the Supreme Court was tasking itself with a near no-win case.

Honestly, it was courageous of the Supreme Court to take up the matter as a lesser, albeit lawful and constitutionally formed, forum could not have had the credibility or authority to defuse the crisis after the names of the prime minister’s family figured in the leaks.

Many commentators like myself have made the argument that somehow accountability has mainly focused on the civilians who have governed the country for a little over half its life as (often junior, given the policy no-go areas) partners with the military.

But the military that has ruled in a far more absolutist manner has never really been held to account, neither for its constitutional transgressions and excesses nor for the ruin some of its policies have brought to the country. It is true. But that debate is for another time.

The Twitter timelines of various people represent a much richer mix of positions than those witnessed on television.

One can be certain that today’s independent superior judiciary will........

© Dawn