ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court’s Friday decision dismissing all the petitions against the dual office of President Pervez Musharraf and allowing him to contest elections in uniform, is its third important verdict ever since eruption of the constitutional crisis in March this year. The Supreme Court had virtually startled the entire country when it reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who had earlier been made non-function by President General Pervez Musharraf, on the charge of irregularities.
The eleven-member full court of the Supreme Court passed its decision in that case on July 20, after earlier describing the Supreme Judicial Council inept to hear the case.
The second landmark decision of the apex court was in the petition challenging the government decision to send former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif into exile. In its final decision on August 23, the court ruled that it was the right of Nawaz Sharif to return to the country and the government cannot send him back.
The rejuvenated Supreme Court also played an influencing role in the case of missing persons and, on occasions, forcing the government agencies to produce some of the missing persons. In its Friday verdict, the Supreme Court ruled that in the light the remarks passed by the amicus curiae Sharifuddin Pirzada that the President will take oath as a civilian President after his reelection in uniform. This is for the first time ever since the unleashing of the judicial crisis that the lawyers community has rejected the Supreme Court verdict. Addressing the lawyers outside the court, Advocate Ali Ahmad Kurd announced that the decision was not acceptable to the lawyers.-SANA