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Pakistan reaches settlement on judges restoration

During the last crackdown by President Musharraf late last year, rattled by a judiciary that was seemingly not subservient enough to him, the dictator General had removed a number of judges of the Pakistani Supreme Court and moved them to house arrest. The authority under which this had been done ? Well, he was the President and had just done a second coup, and so what he said and wrote was law ! He was fearful that the judges would not be scare of him and order his election to be unlawful.
With the election of the 2 main opposition parties and their combined might being a majority in the assembly, it was always expected that they would bring back the sacked judges, with the only constraint being that the PPP chief Asif Ali Zardari would be a bit hesitant due to the judges picking up the earlier amnesty ordinance for consideration and for whether it is lawful or not. However, with Nawaz Sharif sticking to his demand, the case for getting the judges back had to become a reality:

The decision of Pakistan’s new ruling coalition to restore the judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf last November has sparked both excitement and apprehension. But there are also fears that this may start a confrontation between the ruling alliance and President Musharraf, who is armed with powers to sack the government.
Some observers say the incumbent chief justice – who stands to lose his position if the sacked chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, is reinstated – may be motivated to issue such injunction. Judges whose current seniority would be affected in the event of the restoration would also have a similar motive, they say.

This is a very sticky issue. What happens to the judges who remained on the court and who fear being pushed into the background if these judges are re-instated ? They will lose out badly if such a thing comes to happen. Further, it is not clear whether President Musharraf will remain quiet, or will use all his influence to prevent such a thing from happening.

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