Reinstated, Chief Justice Bears Hopes of Pakistan
New York Times
By SALMAN MASOOD
Published: March 28, 2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At a Supreme Court hearing on Thursday in a property dispute, the defendant, Gul Zameen, insisted that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry personally take his case rather than assign it to other justices, as his opponent requested.
“Please, I want you to hear the case,” said Mr. Zameen, 55, who has been fighting over a house in North-West Frontier Province since 1991.
Much to his relief, Mr. Chaudhry agreed.
“We hope he will do justice,” Mr. Zameen’s son, Shahid Rafiq, said later. “Not only with us but with everybody.”
Since returning to the bench last week for the first time since he was ousted two years ago by Pervez Musharraf, then Pakistan’s president, Mr. Chaudhry has faced a groundswell of expectations from people like Mr. Zameen and from the politicians and lawyers who struggled to get him reinstated. Just as his ouster became a national symbol of political interference in the judiciary, millions of Pakistanis have invested his return with hopes that he will set every injustice right.
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