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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Govt offers to reinstate all SC judges except CJ

Source: Emergency List

President Peshawar High Court Bar Association, Abdul Latif Afridi, claimed that government had evolved reconciliation strategy to end the judicial crisis emanating after the imposition of emergency by President Musharraf on Nov 3.

According to reports reaching here from Peshawar, Abdul Latif Afridi revealed this in the general body meeting of the Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) on Friday.
He revealed that under the plan Government had offered to take back all the deposed judges of the superior judiciary, who were removed from their posts when they refused to take fresh oath under PCO, provided they agreed to retirement of deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.

But the deposed judges refused to accept the offer and demanded of the government to restore all the judges including deposed CJP. A lawyer, Naveed Akhtar, present in the PHCBA meeting, confirmed that the offer was made but the judges had categorically refused to get back to their job unless the deposed Chief Justice was restored to his position.

Meanwhile, it is worth mentioning that deposed Chief Justice Tariq Pervaiz Khan, Justice Shah Jehan Khan, Justice Doost Mohammad Khan and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and three other deposed judges of the PHC were still using the official vehicles and were residing in the official residences despite the fact that they all had not taken oath under the PCO.

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