Zardari to reinstate law chief to halt unrest
Pakistan’s president will reinstate Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary as chief justice of the supreme court, in an attempt to quash a direct challenge to his rule.
The move by Asif Ali Zardari defuses a two-year dispute that contributed to the downfall last year of his predecessor.
Riots broke out in 2007 after Mr Chaudhary was dismissed by then-president General Pervez Musharraf.
Yusuf Raza Gilani, prime minster, said early Monday in a pre-sunrise speech on national television: “Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary will take charge as chief justice of the supreme court after the retirement of Abdul Hameed Dogar (the present chief justice of the supreme court) when he retires on March 21.”
Mr Gilani also ordered the release of all those arrested in a government crackdown since last Wednesday ahead of protests planned for Monday.
This article was originally posted on FT.com