More Deposed Judges Take Oath - A set back to Lawyers' Movement?
By Nasir Iqbal, Dawn, September 6, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Sept 5: Deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry stood virtually isolated on Friday when three of his brother judges sacked by former president Pervez Musharraf took a fresh oath and assumed their positions as judges of the Supreme Court with their seniority intact.
Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar administered the oath to Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Syed Jamshed Ali at a ceremony held in the Supreme Court.
“The president has been pleased to re-appoint the following former deposed judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan with effect from the date they take oath of their offices,” said an announcement by the law and justice division.
Sources said four more judges were likely to join the court on Monday or Tuesday.
Unconfirmed reports suggested that Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan and Justice Nasirul Mulk were likely to take the oath along with deposed Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Sabihuddin Ahmed and his senior colleague Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani who would be elevated to the apex court.
If the four judges are appointed, the number of judges in the Supreme Court would rise to 20. The government had increased the sanctioned strength of the court to 29 judges through the Finance Bill on June 23.
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