Pakistan law minister insists ousted judges 'reappointed', not reinstated Tarah Park at 12:11 PM ET
[JURIST] Pakistani Minister for Law and Justice Farooq Naek told reporters Friday that the superior court judges the government had returned to office after their November 2007 ouster under then-president Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] had been 'reappointed', not reinstated, because Pakistan's constitution [text] does not provide for such a procedure. Naek also rejected [APP report] the latest claim by ousted chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] that his removal was unconstitutional. Naek urged members of the lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder, JURIST news archive] calling for Chaudhry's reinstatement to seek justice in the courts, rather than in the streets.
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