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Zardari Blinks, Will Reinstate Chief Justice

From a joyous Associated Press:

Pakistan to reinstate top judge, defusing crisis

By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writers

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s government relented in a major confrontation with the opposition Monday, agreeing to reinstate a fired Supreme Court chief justice whose fate had sparked street fights and raised fears of political instability in a country battling rising Islamist violence.

A dawn announcement by the prime minister that Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry would be sworn back in on March 21 capped a night of high drama and led activist lawyers to drop plans to march on the capital and stage a sit-in at Parliament later in the day.

The U.S. called the decision "statesmanlike," but it also was a significant concession that could weaken U.S.-allied President Asif Ali Zardari, who had long refused to restore the independent-minded Chaudhry despite demands by lawyers and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif. Already, attempts to quell the protest movement — through arrests and bans on rallies — have triggered cracks in the ruling party.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s announcement also promised the restoration of a handful of other judges who had remained off the bench since former President Pervez Musharraf sacked them in 2007. He further ordered the release of activists arrested over the past week and appealed for political reconciliation in Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation which also faces an economic crisis.

The moves prompted scenes of jubilation outside Chaudhry’s Islamabad home and other parts of the country, while the nation’s embattled stock market rallied in the morning…

Sharif thanked Zardari and Gilani after the announcement, but signaled his seemingly strengthened position by focusing on the future.

"From here, God willing, the fate of this nation will change," Sharif said, using a microphone from inside his jeep in Gujranwala as supporters mobbed it. "From here, a journey of development will start. From here, a revolution will come." …

Of course Mr. Chaudhry was also a thorn in the side of Mr. Musharraf – who originally appointed him Chief Justice.

But in reality he was merely an excuse for the Muslim terrorists who have been using the “lawyers” and other fulltime protesters to destabilize Pakistan for years now.

Next week, it will be something else.

For the “revolution” which Mr. Sharif promises is the same old Islamic Revolution that has done so much for so many other countries.

By the way, it was only a few years ago that Mr. Chaudhry and the rest of Pakistan’s Supreme Court declared the so-called Hasba Bill unconstitutional.

The Hasba bill was an effort by the North-West Frontier Province to put their citizenry under Sharia law.

So one wonders what the newly reconstituted court will make of the recent “peace treaties” between the tribal leaders and the Taliban in the same region, which effectively do the very same thing.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Zardari Blinks, Will Reinstate Chief Justice”

  1. Right of the People says:

    What are the odds the Chaudhry is still around a few months from now if he tries to stop the jihadis? I can see him with an Indian beauty mark on his forehead if he crosses them.

    10-7

  2. canary says:

    The fists joined will replace Hitler’s salute. The steps things will replace the clicking of back heels. Don’t forget the joining of fists by the ollah Obamas. Guess, they need some more recruits to tell about free partial births and you will be paid for your embroy’s stem cells. Free head shaves and gas chambers.


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