Pakistani lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan, 62, scored what he calls "the greatest victory of my life" when he successfully defended the Supreme Court's Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and won his reinstatement in July after President Pervez Musharraf had summarily dismissed him four months earlier.
In 1999, during his scandal-plagued second term as prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tried to sack his Army chief, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Instead, Musharraf had Sharif arrested, allowing him to leave the country only on the condition that he not set foot in Pakistan for 10 years.
After nearly seven years in power, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is suddenly running into heavy political flak. His two main political rivals--former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, who are both in exile--have begun cooperating and are pledging to return in time to campaign for general elections scheduled for late next year.
In the late 1990s Lahore-based businessman Iqbal Ahmed was depressed. Pakistan was isolated internationally and in the grip of a deep recession, and his modest, liquefied-petroleum-gas operation didn't seem to be going anywhere. "I used to get up and say, 'What the hell, it's another day'," he recalls. "Now I can't wait for the day to begin.
One of the most obvious differences between Asia's two giants, China and India, has long been the state of their infrastructure. Whereas Beijing has laid thousands of kilometers of gleaming road and spread futuristic airports across the country, visitors to India are still greeted by airport terminals that look held together by glue and string.