Pakistan restores 3 judges ousted by Musharraf
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday reinstated three judges ousted by Pervez Musharraf, cementing political divisions in the country a day before it elects a new president.
Musharraf’s purge of the court last year deepened his unpopularity and helped his political foes to a victory in February elections. Musharraf resigned under pressure last month. However, the second-largest party then quit the ruling coalition over the failure to restore all the judges including the ousted chief justice, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. Tassadiq Hussain Jillani, Shakirullah Jan and Syed Jamshed Ali were sworn back into the court at a ceremony Friday. 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.
Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir Bhutto’s widower has won the Pakistani elections while a new terrorist suicide attack has killed 35 people.