Showdown between Pak govt and judiciary appears imminent
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Lahore, July 28: A showdown between Pakistani judiciary and the civilian government appears imminent as Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has made it clear that the Gilani government will have to submit to its orders or be ready to "face the music".
Chaudhry today extended the deadline by 24 hours to reinstate establishment secretary, Sohail Ahmed, who notified posting of Inspector General Police (Gilgit Baltistan) Husain Asghar in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe the multi-billion Hajj scam also involving the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's elder son Abdul Qadir Gilani.
Chaudhry has vowed to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution", saying that any deviation from it under any circumstances must be resisted.
Chaudhry made the remarks at a Full Court meeting last night convened at a time when legal experts, opposition leaders and former judges feared the government is heading towards a direct clash by not-implementing orders of the apex court to end corruption in government departments.
Gilani told his partymen that "there is a limit to everything and the situation has reached an extent such as there is an intervention in my authority and I will not allow this."
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