Chaudhrys reinstatement could further complicate Pak politics

March 16th, 2009 - 12:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

Islamabad, Mar.16 (ANI): A British defence analyst has claimed that the Pakistan Governments move to reinstate deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will further complicate politics in Pakistan.
The Globe and Mail quoted Brian Cloughley, who is familiar with Pakistan, as saying: Nobody knows what his allegiance is, in terms of Pakistan’’s Constitution.
Chaudhry became a cause celebre after being dismissed in late 2007 by then-president and army chief General Pervez Musharraf.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said in a televised address to the nation on Monday said that he was restoring Chaudhry to his position.
Gilani reached out to the Sharifs in his address.
Let’’s move ahead together with other political powers for the implementation of the constitution and the charter of democracy, he said, referring to a document Benazir Bhutto and Sharif had signed while living in exile during the Musharraf years.
Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif had thrown his support behind the protest campaign by anti-government lawyers that had threatened to bring turmoil to Pakistan as the government struggles to stem militancy and to revive a flagging economy.
After Gilanis announcement, Sharif called off his Long March protest that had been making its way to the capital Islamabad.
Although he has a healthy majority in parliament, Zardari’’s retreat on the issue will raise questions about his future, while it will enhance the standing of Sharif.
Chaudhry will be reinstated on March 21 when the incumbent retires.
The constitutional package being worked out was expected to include the formation of a commission to review judicial appointments and the lifting of central government rule in Punjab, setting the stage for the provincial assembly to elect a chief minister. (ANI)

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