Friday, September 5, 2008
On September 5, 2008, Pakistan's Supreme Court reinstated three judges ousted by Pervez Musharraf last year. This is an important day as Tassadiq Hussain Jillani, Shakirullah Jan and Syed Jamshed Ali were sworn back into the court.
Law Minister Farooq Naek said Mr. Chaudhry (the former Chief Justice) was also welcome to take a fresh oath, but said he could not return as chief justice because removing the judge who replaced him could trigger a “constitutional impasse.” This statement and decision keeps the political and legal debate open.
I make this posting wanting to avoid political discussions and negative discussions - but very much wanting to celebrate the return of the three judges and the rule of law. A celebration does not mean that everything is right in the Pakistani courts or the world for that matter, but that the events of today, and the return of the three Supreme Court judges is welcome news.
As a law professor, i welcome legal discussions that help us appreciate rule of law.