Three deposed SC judges take oath
Friday, 05 Sep, 2008 | 21:42 PKT
Copyright 2008 - Dawn.com
ISLAMABAD: Three deposed judges of the Supreme Court including Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Syed Jamshed Ali here Friday took oath of their offices under the Constitution of Pakistan. Chief Justice of Pakistan Abdul Hameed Dogar administered oath to deposed judges in a simple but impressive ceremony held at Ceremonial Hall of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
It was announced that they would return to their offices with immediate effect and their seniority was ensured from the date of November 2.
They would also get all the pensionary benefits as judges of the Apex Court.
The oath-taking ceremony was attended by the Judges of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Sardar Mohammad Aslam, other judges of IHC, Minister for Law Farooq H. Naik, Attorney General for Pakistan Sardar Latif Khosa, Officials of Ministry of Law and Justice, Law officers, advocates and advocates on records besides senior officals of the Supreme Court.
Law Minister Farooq Naek said Chaudhry was also welcome to take a fresh oath, but said he could not return as chief justice because removing the judge who replaced him could trigger a 'constitutional impasse.'
'There cannot be two chief justices,' Naek told reporters at the court.
The move deepens the rift between the ruling Pakistan People's Party of Asif Ali Zardari, the front-runner to become president in a vote by lawmakers on Saturday, and that of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Zardari has countered calls to restore the judges by arguing that it would require constitutional amendments to untangle a legal mess bequeathed by Musharraf.
But Zardari also appears wary of Chaudhry, who stood up to Musharraf and questioned a pact signed by the former military ruler that quashed long-standing corruption charges against Zardari and his slain wife, Benazir Bhutto.
Zardari has accused Chaudhry of 'playing politics' and called for sweeping judicial reforms expected to crimp the ability of the court to check the activities of the government.
He has dismissed as naive the country's lawyers movement, whose yearlong protests undermined Musharraf and turned Chaudhry into a figurehead for a burgeoning pro-democracy movement.
Sharif has argued that, because the judges were illegally removed, the government could restore them all through a simple order.
Pervaiz Rashid, a Sharif aide, said the return of the three judges on Friday amounted to validating Musharraf's crackdown.
'Whether they restore three or 300 judges, the way they are doing it, it doesn't change our stand,' he said. 'We do not believe in any judiciary without the reinstatement of Justice Chaudhry.'
The fate of the judges remains of great personal importance also to Musharraf, who has so far defied predictions that he would flee into exile to avoid possible treason charges.:
Real , MASTER BLASTER.....!!! NAWAZ SHARIF would be a worried man, even all of his popularity of GEO TV . polls , he is just mr, nothing?
Because of his unacceptable stance on every issue in pakistan, he is lossing all step by step. as for now PPP, shuting up the judges issue, played a far more achiveble role as a political party, in the eyes of pakistani peoples in genrl.