Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani early Monday morning announced reinstatement of the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and other judges. “I restore the deposed chief justice and others according to the promise made by me and the President,” Gilani said in a televised address to the nation.
The announcement, in light of the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari, met the main demand of the political parties and the lawyers community. He said “a notification to this effect is being issued now.” He said Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry will replace Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, who retires on March 21.
Gilani said and pledged to “continue the politics of reconciliation.” The deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was removed from service by former President Pervez Musharraf on March 9, 2007, sparking a wave of protest that led to his resignation from his office on August 18, 2008.
The prime minister also announced reinstatement of the two remaining judges of the Supreme Court and said the number of judges for the Supreme Court has already been increased through legislation to accommodate the reinstated judges.
The Prime Minister also announced that the federal government would file a review petition in the Supreme Court seeking reversal of the order of disqualification of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, and addressing all issues in light of the Charter of Democracy
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