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23 August, 2007

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The landmark decision by the Supreme Court ruling against the government and allowing Nawaz Sharif to come back is yet another feather in the cap of the judiciary. The decision would not only change the course of the politics in the country but also restored Public’s confidence in the judicial system of the country.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can return home after seven years in exile imposed by President Pervez Musharraf.

Sharif was ousted in October 1999 by President General Musharraf, who had him sentenced to life in prison on hijacking, tax evasion and treason charges. He and his brother Shahbaz with there families went into exile in Saudi Arabia the following year. Saudi Government had allegedly given guarantees to Musharraf that the Sharif’s would not return to Pakistan until 2010.

“The Sharif’s can return to Pakistan unhindered," Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said in his judgment. "They had an inalienable right to return and remain in the country as citizens of Pakistan."

Chief Justice added, "Their safe return will not be restricted or hampered by the federal governments or provincial governments or any other agencies in any manner."

Here are some questions
1) Does the SC verdict in favour of the Sharif brothers means that finally our judiciary is totally independent?
2)Will this decision have a global impacts ie in Egypt where 80% of the Lawyers and lower Judges have boycotted the courts by following 6 seniors judges since last 2 years against a dictorial rule?
3) What will be the course of action taken by the government upon the return of the Sharif’s brothers?
4) Does this decision spell the end of military dictatorship and PPP`s understanding?

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