Dec 12, 2016
By Cyril Almeida
Eras and institutional decades can seem contrived and imposed ex post, a too-convenient way of explaining the past and divining the future.
Sometimes, though, they are helpful shorthand that tease out inflection points and bracket phases.
With two new chiefs in two months in two institutions, a subtle shift in eras may be upon us in the army and the Supreme Court — a shift into and away from two pivotal figures in the two institutions.
Bajwa is the first chief of the Zia era — the first army chief to have joined the military, in 1980, after the Zia coup. CJ Nisar will be, nearly, the last chief justice from the Iftikhar Chaudhry era.
(Two more judges, Asif Khosa and Gulzar Ahmed, will be future chief justices who were installed in the Supreme Court when Iftikhar Chaudhry was still chief justice.)
Change, surely, is upon us.
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Dawn, December 12, 2016