ISLAMABAD: Former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice (R) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui has said that if the deposed judges of the apex court are restored they will have the legal authority to reopen President Musharraf’s cases. “When old judges are restored, the issue of existing judges will be examined according to the constitution. The procedure for appointment of judges has been laid down in the judges case. Such a situation emerged in 1996, when the cases of 28 judges of High Court were reopened after Judges Case,: he said while talking to a foreign radio.
The judges whom appointment was according to the Constitution, were retained, while those could not qualify, were seen off, he observed. Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui ruled out any judicial crises if the judges are restored saying the judges who are being barred to function, will start their functioning under the law.
To question that if Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry is restored, what will happen with existing CJ Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, he said such issue was settled in Justice Sajjad case by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. “As regards fate of President Musharraf, restored Supreme Court’s judges can reopen the cases of President Musharraf and can give verdict in those cases. As far as the judgments of existing Supreme Court are concerned, these verdicts will be declared null and void automatically as these were given during proclamation of emergency.”-SANA