July 23, 2007

Pakistan's chief justice returned

Pakistan's chief justice returned, days after the Supreme Court reinstated him in a landmark ruling that struck a blow for democracy and undermined the authority of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry won the court battle; more than four months after Musharraf removed him for alleged misconduct and sparked mass protests against military rule. Smartly dressed guards saluted Chaudhry before he climbed into his official limousine at his residence on his way to the court in the morning. It was a sharp contrast to the humiliation he suffered after his March 9 suspension when he was manhandled by police and placed under virtual house arrest for several days.

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