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Spokesman: Pakistani deposed judges to be restored

By Xinhua,

Islamabad : The heads of Pakistan’s ruling coalition parties on Tuesday renewed commitment to restore judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf in November, a coalition spokesman said.

Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif as well as other heads pledged to restore the deposed chief justice and 60 senior judges, Farhatullah Babar said.

In a joint declaration signed on March 9, the coalition parties agreed to restore the judges within 30 days of the formation of the new government, but media here say that the differences remain within the coalition over the judges’ restoration.

The new government was sworn in on March 31, which means the reinstatement of judges at the end of this month.

The judges were deposed by President Musharraf under an emergency state on Nov. 3.

“There is no doubt. The judges will be restored through a parliamentary resolution under the earlier declaration by the coalition leaders,” Babar told reporters.

However, the spokesman did not offer any comment as to when the resolution would be moved in the parliament and that what procedure would be adopted.