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Judges restoration ends political deadlock: Kaira

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ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira has said that the restoration of judges has ended a political deadlock and created conducive atmosphere for national reconciliation. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday, he said now all the political forces should joint hand to work for the betterment of the country.

He said by ending the political deadlock the PPP government has taken step forward. He said all the four pillars of state should play their role while remaining with their parameters. He said all the political forces should go forward by forgetting their past bitterness to address the other challenges facing the country.

The Minister said the judges have been restored after consulting all the concerned quarters. He rejected any foreign pressure or third party pressure in this regard. He said by restoring the deposed judges, the government has fulfilled the promises made in this regard by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

He said it is a historic society. He said all segments of society including lawyers, civil society, and political workers took part in the movement for restoration of judges. He congratulated the national and also paid tribute to the PPP workers who sacrificed their lives in the struggle.

He pointed out that President and Prime Minister were committed to restore the judges. However, he said there is some delay in the decision because the PPP government does not want to remove any sitting judge before their tenure is completed. The Information Minister said the PPP government believes in freedom of press and will continue to pursue this policy in future. He suggested that media elders should themselves evolve a code of conduct for themselves.

To a question, Mr. Kaira said the government will take other political forces on board on Charter of Democracy to take the process the forward. Answering a question, he said notification for restoration of judges will be issues after completing the procedure in due course of time.

Replying to a question, the Minister said the issue of Governor Rule in Punjab will be resolved soon. Replying to a question the Information Minister said that Chief Justice Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhry does not need to take fresh oath, because he has been restored on his post. To another question he expressed his regrets over the loss of property of some people during the course of the long march in different cities and said all arrangements were made to protect the life of the people.-SANA

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