Iftikar Chaudhury and sacked judges restored: Gilani and Nawaz Sharif initiate reconciliation process; Gates expresses concerns on activities of Quetta Shura in Balochistan
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  • After a long drawn battle, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary and the sacked judges were reinstated in accordance with their position prior to November 2, 20071. The announcement to this effect was made by Prime Minister Gilani in his address to the nation on March 16.

    Prime Minister Gilani and Nawaz Sharif meanwhile met on March 22 at Raiwind and agreed to bury their differences and work in conformity with the Charter of Democracy2. The two leaders also discussed the issue of Governor’s rule in Punjab and the overall security situation the country3. Reports also noted that the government would seek the reversal of the Supreme Court verdict which debarred the Sharif brothers from contesting polls4.

    In other developments, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, speaking at the Pentagon, expressed concern over the militant activities of Quetta Shura, a group of Taliban extremists in Balochistan. Gates also reiterated the US commitment to capture al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin-Laden5.