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Pakistan's Supreme Court has reinstated the country's chief justice, suspended earlier this year by President Pervez Musharraf.
Presiding Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman said in Friday's ruling that the suspension of Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry was illegal.
General Musharraf suspended Chaudhry from his post in March, accusing him of abuse of office and nepotism. The move sparked nationwide protests that grew into the strongest challenge to the president since he took power eight years ago.
Lawyers across Pakistan burst into tears and cries of jubilation today, as Pakistan's Supreme Court restored the country's Chief Justice, Muhamed Iftikhar Chaudhry, whose sacking by embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf last March sparked national protests.
A U.S. intelligence report this week concluded that Pakistan's policy of non-engagement in the lawless tribal areas along its border with Afghanistan has been a complete failure and allowed al-Qaeda to regroup. Washington is already ratcheting up the pressure for Pakistan to do more.