Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry Reinstated

Posted on March 15, 2009
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In what is clearly a historic development, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani addressed the nation to announce the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. The address, which was supposed to be at 2AM Pakistan Time, was late by many hours but the subtext was true to the rumors that had been circulating in Pakistan all day:

Here is the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech:

My dear countrymen Assalam-o-Alaikum,

I am speaking to you at a time when our country is standing at a critical moment. No country can make progress without political tolerance and the PPP and lawyers have been together in struggle for upholding democracy in Pakistan. Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto actively participated in the struggle of restoration of judiciary was launched by lawyers. Benazir Bhutto wanted free judiciary and supremacy of the constitution.

The lawyers’ movement for restoring of judges was their democratic right. The PPP was shoulder to shoulder with the lawyers in the cause for the independent judiciary.

The slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto also wanted to reinstate the deposed chief justice.

I have taken all his coalition partners and the President into confidence about the reinstatement of the deposed chief justice once the current chief justice retires on March 21.

The deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will assume charges on March 21.

Benazir Bhutto wanted free judiciary and supremacy of the constitution.

I order all the provincial government to abolish Section 144 at once.

After consultations with all political forces of the country and President Asif Ali Zardari, we have decided to restore all deposed judges including Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as Chief Justice of Pakistan who will assume charge on March 21. The current Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar retires on March 21. I urge all the political forces and lawyers to work for the solidarity and welfare of the country.

Pakistan Paindabad.

Just over two years after he was first unceremoniously removed by Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf, and having once been restored by the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has now been ‘restored’ yet again as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The road from there has been tumultuous. The movement that gathered around him was always bigger than the CJ and it was bigger than those around him. The vindication today is not simply of Chief Justice Chaudhry, it is a vindication of Pakistan’s civil society.



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ATP has covered the ups and down of this story. For some reason one has a sense that this story is not over yet. We have celebrated a reinstatement once before too. And from the PM’s speech it is not clear at all what the terms of the decision really are. But right now one wishes simply to bask in the joyousness of the moment, in the vindication of justice, in the goodness of the news. There is much analysis that is needed, but let us leave that for just a little later.

85 responses to “Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry Reinstated”

  1. waleed says:

    Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Ifthikhar Muhammad Chaudry,Assalam o alaikum,with the highest level of respect i would like to bring your attention to the recent death sentence awarded to Malik Mumtaz Qadri in the case of murder of ex governor of Punjab Salman Taseer. Sir,Islamic Scholars throughout Pakistan have condemned this,because of the fact that Malik Mumtaz Qadri is innocent to them and has done the righteous thing.Sir, i do know that the decision was made by the highest level of expert judges but, with all due respect,they are not as good experts of the Qur’an and Sun nah like the religious Scholars are. Sir,i would like to request you to take “SUE MOTTO” action over this and please also consider the opinion of Ulemas so a decision can be made as per the teachings and Laws of Islam.
    Sir, whenever we fell ill we take the advice of a Doctor,for making investments an opinion of Investment Banker is taken,similarly it is a matter having a religious aspect of utmost critique and advice of Islamic Experts is required to be listened too.Sir,you know things better than me,you have always stood for the justice and righteousness,and i hope that Allah Almighty shall help you in standing for this one as well.
    In the end i would like to apologize for anything that i might have said wrong,i hope you will forgive me,as this is the first time that i have written to a person of such high rank.

    Thank You

  2. Respected Sir! With due reverene I was falsely allegated in case 593 civil court rawalpindi that wasted my five years.
    it was proven to be a false and counterfeit application.Under the any clause of pakistani law i need a redemption by allegating the other party now so that they compensate my losses of time studies and business. Necessary action should be taken against the other party so that injustice doesn’t prevail.
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  5. kalim says:

    To
    The honourable and venerated Chief Justice Muahammad Iftikhar Chohdary
    Respected Sir,
    I articulate it with due reverence and veneration.My case number 593 is pending for five years in the court of honourable civil judge SYED ZAIGHAM ABBAS.The other party has not yet appeared in front of the judge for the last five years.I need justice and at lickety split and quick manner.Please earnestly make it possible.Thanking you in anticipation.

    Yours truly,
    Muhammad Kalim
    case number 593
    Dherri hassanabad rawalpindi
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    03065497778

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