ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has arrived Supreme Court after long break of one year, 4 months and 21 days. According to sources, Chief Justice arrived the building, he was dressed with rose petals by lawyers and civil activists and guard of honour was observed on this occasion.
The lawyers and the civil activists held national flag and chanted slogans Pakistan Zindabad and in fovour of independence of judiciary as well; whereas, Justice Khalil Ramday, Justice Shakir Ullah Jan and Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk were also along him. The Chief Justice entered into the Supreme Court room No. 1 along with a large number of lawyers and civil activists who gathered to hail him at his first visit after long absence.
He started hearing of cases on the occasion and conducted oath ceremony of Chief election Commission Justice Hamid Ali Mirza as well. On the eve of the Chief Justice arrival to Supreme Court, families of the missing persons were present in front of the building. The employees of the Supreme Court stood in respect of Chief Justice arrival and security arrangement was quite tight in the occasion.
It was happened first time in the history of Pakistan as well as of the world that the Chief Justice reinstated for third time owing to his own and of the lawyers’ long and consistent struggles.
Iftikhar took oath as Chief Justice of Supreme Court first time on June 30, 2005; however, he was removed on March 9, 2207 by former president Pervez Musharraf through ordinance after leveling allegations against him. But soon after he was declared sinless by the Supreme Judicial Council and restored him again on his position on July 20, 2007.
In the meanwhile, a conspiracy hatched against independent judiciary and he was along sixty others judges unseated on November 3, 2007 by the then president and army chief Pervez Musharraf by declaring emergency in the county; however, it was reacted severely and the government lastly to bow before the mass flood on mach 16, 2009 when the Chief Justice Iftikhar along with other judges reinstated for the third time.
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