Friday, July 20, 2007

Pakistan Court Reinstates Chief Justice Removed by Musharraf

July 20 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court rejected President Pervez Musharraf's suspension of the court's chief justice, a case that prompted the biggest constitutional crisis of the military leader's eight-year rule.

A 13-member panel assembled from the 18 Supreme Court judges issued an order for the reinstatement of their colleague, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, today after hearing the case for more two months.

Chaudhry asked the panel to rule on the legality of his March 9 removal by Musharraf for allegedly misusing his authority, charges Chaudhry denied.

``The chief justice will be deemed to have been holding office during this period,'' the court said in the order read out at the Supreme Court in Islamabad.
Thomas Braun, Lima, Peru
Hopefully this does not mean that Pakistan with its atomic arsenal will fall into Islamist-Sharia power. Corruption under Musharraf is the lesser of evils.

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