Pakistani President lifts emergency
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Dec 15, IRNA
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday lifted the state of emergency, proclaimed by him on November 3, according to a Presidential order.
Pervez Musharraf had declared the emergency as the army chief, citing growing attacks on the security forces and interference in government affairs by the highest judiciary.
Pervez Musharraf had suspended the constitution, sacked the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and also imposed restrictions on media under the emergency.
The constitution was restored but the sacked Supreme Court Chief and other judges were not restored, who had refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), issued in place of the constitution.
Law Minister Afzal Haider said that President Pervez Musharraf signed an order to lift the emergency at a ceremony at President House in Islamabad.
The minister said that lifting of emergency order is composed of three decisions, 1) Revocation of the Proclamation of Emergency, 2) Repeal of the PCO and the Restoration of the Constitution.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, judges of the High Courts and Shariat Court took fresh oath under the Constitution. The judges had taken oath under the PCO when the emergency was imposed.
The government had arrested more than 5000 political activists and lawyers during a major crackdown after the emergency was declared, according to Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan. Almost all the prisoners, except several lawyers, have been freed.
The Constitution remained in abeyance for 42 days and all fundamental rights suspended, which have now been restored, according to the order.
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