This op-ed "Why is the SC so Powerful?" by Faisal Siddiqi that appeared recently in the Pakistani daily Dawn I think does a good job of laying out several (intuitive and not so intuitive) reasons for why the Pakistani Supreme Court has gained so much power despite seeming to be in the weaker position vis a vie the government and the military. Indeed, although certainly tailored to the facts of the Pakistani experience, the very short piece lends helpful clues for why judicial power (especially in the developing world) may expand whether in Pakistan, India, or elsewhere. . .