Pakistan's Reluctant Hero

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MAN OF THE PEOPLE: Chaudhry meets with supporters at the Bar Association in Haripur

The drive from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, to the hill station of Abbottabad usually takes two hours. But when the recently suspended Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry drove that route to address the local bar association two weeks ago, the journey clocked in at 14. Every small town and junction along the way was thronged with cheering crowds. Banners waved, music blared, and dancing ponies performed. Crowds at rallies for Pervez Musharraf can be just as big, but these days most of the President's well-wishers are bused in. "The government rents crowds for their rallies, but we are not...

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