Pakistan Reinstates Judge

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s downfall was hastened by his dismissal of the country’s chief justice of the supreme court. Coming under similar pressure, current President Asif Ali Zardari has reinstated Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to the court in order to quash a challenge to his rule by rival Nawaz Sharif. There was widespread violence yesterday in Lahore, where Sharif led a protest by opposition parties. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called both Zardari and Sharif over the weekend to urge reconciliation.