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Chaudhry resumes official duties

Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry resumed his official duties on Saturday, a day after the country's leader, General Pervez Musharraf, lost a bid to fire him.

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  • Published: 14:10 July 21, 2007
  • Gulf News

Islamabad: Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry resumed his official duties on Saturday, a day after the country's leader, General Pervez Musharraf, lost a bid to fire him.

Hundreds of rallying lawyers cheered as Chaudhry resumed his duties from his residence in the capital Islamabad.

The lawyers, who have led mass protests against Musharraf since he suspended Chaudhry on March 9, called for Musharraf to resign. There was also a small rally in the eastern city of Lahore.

Chaudhry, who was expected to return to his Supreme Court office Monday, has not commented on the ruling, and Musharraf has accepted the verdict, although has not given any indication of whether he plans to step down.

In a landmark ruling, Supreme Court judges voted unanimously on Friday to restore Chaudhry and to quash charges of misconduct that Musharraf had sent to a separate judicial tribunal.

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