ISLAMABAD: The four deposed judges took fresh oaths as the judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan here on Saturday. The oath taking ceremony began with the recitation of Holy Quran in the premises of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar administered the oath of deposed judges. The judges who took oath included Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan and Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed and Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani.
The government on Friday issued yet another notification for re-appointment of four deposed judges in the Supreme Court, including elevation of two former judges of Sindh High Court (SHC) as judges of the Supreme Court. Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan and Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk are former Supreme Court judges, whereas Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed and Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani were deposed from the SHC on November 3, last year.
The notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice said that “the president has re-appointed four judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan with effect from the date of their oath taking of offices”.
Earlier in the day, the Federal Law and Justice Minister, Farooq H Naek, said that the government would welcome all those judges who intended to rejoin their offices without any discrimination.
He said: “We have offered the legal community to enter dialogue to address judicial crisis as this intricate matter could not be resolved through the use of force and staging protest demonstrations.” But the ‘legal community’ is of the view that judges who took fresh oath had actually validated unconstitutional steps taken by former president Musharraf.-SANA