Pakistan Parties Agree on Judges' Return

Justices axed by Musharraf set to be reseated by parliament
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 12:46 PM CDT
Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, 2nd left, and Asif Ali Zardari, 2nd right, talk to the journalists at a hotel ahead of a meeting in Dubai, April 30, 2008.    (AP Photo/Aamir Shah)
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(Newser) – Pakistan’s ruling political parties have reached a deal to reinstate the judges Pervez Musharraf fired during his state of emergency, the BBC reports today. The agreement leaves intact the anti-Musharraf coalition that almost splintered over the issue. Asif Ali Zardari, head of the Pakistan Peoples Party, wanted reinstatement tied to broader reform; partner Nawaz Sharif insisted it remain a separate issue.

“There is no ambiguity, there is no doubt about it,” said Sharif, promising details tomorrow, after the parties return from a summit in Dubai. "Judges will be reinstated, the parliament will also pass a resolution, and there will also be a constitutional package," said a PPP member.