With the help and the sanction of the King of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, former Prime-Minister of Pakistan, deposed by the current President, Pervez Musharraf, eight years ago -- is even now returning to Pakistan. Mr. Sharif is expected to arrive in Lahore early tomorrow, despite efforts by the Pakistani government to prevent his departure from Saudi Arabia, and warnings to Mr. Sharif from the Pakistani government not to return. Mr. Sharif has done his best to make stopping him awkward: besides traveling with the sanction of the Saudi King, he is accompanied by his wife, other opposition figures, presents (including an armored limo) -- and his aircraft left from the Muslim holy city of Medina.
Mr. Sharif has certainly thrown down a marker hasn't he ? If this man is permitted to land, without being arrested-- when the Pakistani government has bent over backwards to keep him out -- it will quite probably be the end of Musharraf, and maybe order in Pakistan.
The die has been cast, and is now rolling. What number is going to come up ?