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Aziz accepts court decision on Chaudhry


Islamabad : Accepting the decision of the Pakistan Supreme Court to reinstate Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Friday also urged all segment of society to abide by it.

Following the court decision that is seen as a major blow to President Pervez Musharraf, Aziz said he always maintained the decisions of the courts must be accepted by all, including the government itself, reports Online news agency.

"I would like to emphasise that we must all accept the verdict with grace and dignity reflective of a mature nation. This is not the time to claim victory or defeat. The constitution and the law have prevailed and must prevail at all times," the prime minister added.

Aziz also made a significant reference to the presidential elections, one of the major reasons cited by Chaudhry's supporters for his suspension by Musharraf.

"We should all look ahead to the elections scheduled for later this year and prepare ourselves to fully participate in the forthcoming democratic process," he said.

Pakistan has been passing through a difficult and stressful time and "we should now look ahead and move forward", he added.

Referring to a series of suicide attacks following the storming of the Lal Masjid last week, Aziz asked citizens to "unite against the current wave of extremism and militancy being spread by a handful of elements working against the people and the state".