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Pak Prez Musharraf vows to resolve judicial crisis

Written by: Staff

Islamabad, Mar 23: Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf today vowed to resolve the existing judicial crisis in the country in accordance with the law and constitution.

His remarks came a day after he appointed Justice Rana Bhagwandas, the senior most Hindu judge as the acting chief justice of Pakistan.

"The problem will be resolved in accordance with the law and the constitution," President Pervez Musharraf said while addressing the joint services on Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad.

"The issue must not be politicized," the President said in reference to the protest campaign launched by the lawyers' community to express solidarity with suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who is going to appear before the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on April 3 for the third time to face charges of misconduct and misuse of authority, leveled against him in a presidential reference.

The different bar councils have already invited Justice Chaudhry to speak to lawyers community.

Chaudhry is scheduled to address lawyers in Rawalpindi and Peshawar on March 28 and 30 respectively.

The law ministry last night issued a statement notifying appointment of Justice Rana Bhagwandas as the country's first Hindu and second non-Muslim top judge.

A notification issued by the ministry said, "the President is pleased to appoint Mr Justice Rana Bhagwandas, the most-senior judge of the Supreme Court, to act as the Chief Justice of Pakistan with effect from the date he resumes his office." Justice Bhagwandas will be sworn in at the Supreme Court's Karachi registry tomorrow by the next senior judge, Justice Javed Iqbal, who was appointed acting ACJ in Bhagwandas' absence.


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