Pakistan's top attorney resigns after Chaudhry verdict

The Pakistan government's top attorney on Monday resigned in the wake of the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry by the Supreme Court after the quashing of abuse-of-office allegations last Friday, local media said.

Pakistan's top attorney resigns after Chaudhry verdict
The Pakistan government's top attorney on Monday resigned in the wake of the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry by the Supreme Court after the quashing of abuse-of-office allegations last Friday, local media said.
Attorney General Makhdoom Ali Khan stepped down over his role in the proceedings into a presidential reference against Chaudhry, who was accused of misusing his authority as the country's top judge.

Khan had informed President Pervez Musharraf about his move immediately after the apex court set aside the reference as illegal, but the president asked him to continue with his duties until a further decision, the Geo News channel quoted sources as saying.

The attorney general represented Musharraf before the court, which also gave the ruling that the president's order for sending Chaudhry on forced leave was unlawful as this was passed without legal authority.

Geo said after quitting his office, Khan left the capital Islamabad for the city of Lahore in Pakistan's central Punjab province.

Opposition parties have been criticising the officials involved in the case, particularly those in the Ministry of Law and Justice that prepared the reference, and sought their resignation after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling last week.

Meanwhile, the reinstated chief justice retook his office on Monday after more than four months of legal battles with Musharraf, who came to power after ousting a democratically elected government in a bloodless coup in 1999.

Chaudhry's March 9 suspension triggered a countrywide anti-Musharraf movement that had come as one of the major crises during the president's mostly unchallenged eight-year rule.


DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Temmuz 2007, 16:48
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