'No constitutional hurdle to reinstatement of deposed judges'

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Karachi, Feb 21 : In a telephone address on Thursday to the Sindh High Court Bar Association, deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry said there were no constitutional hurdles to returning the judges to their posts.

"I was deposed by an executive order and I can be restored by an executive order. There is no need of two-thirds majority of the parliament," justice Chaudhry said.

"People have given their verdict, which shows that they have rejected the policies of the government," the dawn quoted justice Chaudhry, as saying.

In a similar address to lawyers in Lahore, he said, it was now the responsibility of political parties trying to form a ruling coalition to "work for the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and reinstatement of judges."

He said he remains Chief Justice and all the others dismissed in November "remain the judges legally.

There is no hurdle in the reinstatement of judges, it needs only a simple official notification," justice Chaudhry said.

ANI

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