Waqqas Mir

Waqqas Mir

A practicing lawyer with a focus on civil, corporate and constitutional law. Views expressed are his own. Is a Barrister-at-Law and holds a Masters degree from Harvard Law School where he was a Fulbright scholarship grantee. He tweets as @wordoflaw (twitter.com/wordoflaw)

Imran still in the game, but will civil disobedience work?

In the movie Jinnah, there is a telling scene when Mountbatten asks Mahatma Gandhi to give up his protests and play “by the rules”. Gandhi replies, “In order to play by the rules, you have to include us in the game.” Imran Khan feels similarly cheated of things promised by the Constitution. I disagree with him but why are many PTI supporters on the defensive about civil disobedience? What are the objections? The most obvious is that it is ‘illegal’. A simple, and powerful, retort: “so what if it is illegal?”.  The call for a mid-term election might have been couched in a different language ...

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