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Legal News
16 Oct 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Pakistani cabinet led by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile] Wednesday approved changes to a statute governing the country's lawyers and endorsed a draft bill that would establish a new National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR). The changes to the Legal Practitioners Act of 1973 [text, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Former Pakistan prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) [party website] head Nawaz Sharif has threatened to withdraw from the government if all of the judges ousted last year by President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] are not reinstated by Friday, according to a report … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The Pakistani constitution must be amended in order to reinstate the judges who were ousted last year by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive], Pakistani Law and Justice Minister Farooq H. Naik said Sunday. He said that while the constitution provides for the appointment of judges, … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf "may accept the restoration of judges if the government amends the constitution," a spokesman for his political party said Saturday, according to AP. On Friday former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, leader of the subordinate party in the country's new coalition government, said that the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Pakistani Law and Justice Minister Farooq H. Naik has prepared a constitutional package that could restore judges ousted by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive], the Pakistani Nation daily reported Monday. The package, which has reportedly been forwarded to Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani [official … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Pakistan People's Party (PPP) [party website] spokesman Farhatullah Babar dismissed suggestions Saturday that the party was wavering on its commitment to restore judges fired by President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive]. Influential Pakistan newspaper The News [media website] reported Saturday that "the issue of restoration of the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani [official profile] said Friday that he will restore Pakistan's constitution [text], ensure the supremacy of the country's parliament, and preserve judicial independence [JURIST report]. Speaking at a news conference commemorating the death of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto [BBC backgrounder], the former civilian PM and … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani [official profile] told parliament Saturday that he will 'work for the reinstatement' of superior court judges purged by President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive] last fall. The commitment was made in Gilani's first major policy speech on terrorism since taking office. … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani [BBC profile] said Monday that he will ask President Pervez Musharraf to immediately lift house arrest orders against former Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] and other judges. Gilani, addressing the parliament shortly after his election, added that … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Judges ousted by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after his declaration of emergency rule [text; JURIST report] last November can only be reinstated if the newly elected members of the National Assembly of Pakistan [official website] strike down constitutional changes Musharraf introduced following the dismissals, Pakistani Attorney General Malik Qayyum … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Two new judges, Sheikh Hakim Ali of the Lahore High Court and retired judge Mohammad Farrukh Mahmood, were sworn in to the reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] by Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar Friday, bringing the regular membership of the court up to 16. They follow three … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Three new judges were appointed to the reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Monday, bringing the regular membership of the court up to 14, including Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar. Pakistan's Law Ministry said in a statement that the new judges are Justice Mian Hamid Farooq and Justice … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Pakistani Attorney General Malik Qayyum [JURIST news archive] told Geo-TV Friday that emergency rule in Pakistan would be lifted and the country's constitution restored on December 15, one day earlier than the date set [JURIST report] last week by President Pervez Musharraf in a televised address after being sworn … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Pakistani Attorney General Malik Qayyum [JURIST news archive] has reversed a decision to cut the size of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] in the wake of the November 3 declaration of emergency, according to Pakistan's News daily Thursday. Qayyum told the News that he was acting at … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website] has indicated that he may accept most of the demands put forth by opposition parties in the face of his November 3 declaration of emergency rule but that he will not reinstate ousted Supreme Court justices, Pakistan's News daily reported Tuesday. Attorney General … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Thursday dismissed the final outstanding legal challenge to General Pervez Musharraf's October legislative re-election to the post of president of Pakistan. Rival candidate Zahoor Mehdi had argued that the Pakistan election commission [official website] should not have denied Mehdi a slot … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Pakistani authorities have released more than 3400 lawyers and political activists [AFP report] detained in the aftermath of President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report], Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Igbal Cheema told AFP Tuesday, adding that some 2000 others still in custody would be released … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2007
by Josh Camson

[JURIST] Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [personal website; BBC profile] is likely to face 8 1/2-year old corruption charges again in the likely event that an amnesty ordinance [text] issued [JURIST report] by President Pervez Musharraf is thrown out by the country's Supreme Court, according to Pakistani Attorney General … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] General Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday amended [amendment text] the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) [text] issued under the country's declaration of emergency rule on November 3 to allow the country's president to revoke the state of emergency. The original PCO was issued by Musharraf in capacity … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Emergency Pakistani Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar administered oaths of office under Pakistan's Provisional Constitution Order [text] to two more high court judges Tuesday. The addition of Justice Mohammad Akhtar Shabbir [official profile] and Justice Zia Perwez to the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] brings the reconstituted court's … [read more]

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