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Pakistan 'to restore chief justice'
Aljazeerah, March 16, 2009
Pakistan's government is expected to announce the reinstatement of the country's chief justice sacked by Pervez Musharraf, the former president, in an apparent bid to avert a political crisis.
Reports say Yusuf Reza Gilani, the prime minister, would make the formal announcement when he addresses the nation early on Monday.
"The prime minister is most likely to announce the reinstatement of the deposed chief justice," a senior official told the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity.
The reports came as Nawaz Sharif, the leader of Pakistan's main opposition party, led a convoy towards the capital Islamabad where opposition supporters and lawyers were planning to hold mass demonstrations to press for the restoration of the sacked judges.
Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the former supreme court justice, was dismissed by Musharraf on November 3, 2007 along with 60 other judges, 53 of whom have since been reinstated.
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Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to be restored as Chief Justice of Pakistan - The News
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