Ousted Pakistan chief justice claims continued constitutional authority Devin Montgomery at 10:15 AM ET
[JURIST] Ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] declared Saturday that he is still the chief justice [News report] of the country's Supreme Court [official website] under Pakistan's constitution [text]. Chaudhry made the statement during a lawyers' convention in Lahore organized by the Punjab Bar Council [official website]. Addressing attendees, he maintained his position that the removal of himself and other judges following the November 2007 declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] by then-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf had been constitutionally invalid. He also criticized some members of the country's current judiciary for allowing his removal to stand even though they had invalidated other actions taken by Musharraf during the emergency.
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