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What was General Kayani’s message to Aitzaz Ahsan? How independent is the Supreme Court of Pakistan?

Islamabad: In a verdict having far-reaching implications, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday declared as “unconstitutional and illegal” the emergency imposed by former President Pervez Musharraf in 2007. A 14-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry also declared as unconstitutional Gen. Musharraf’s action of sacking over 60 members of the judiciary who did not endorse the emergency imposed on November 3, 2007.

…However, there were indications of manoeuvring behind the scenes to ensure that Gen. Musharraf, who still enjoys the backing of the Army, was not humiliated in any way. A recent courtesy meeting between Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and leading lawyer and PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan triggered speculation that the military had conveyed a message that the judiciary should not rock the boat.

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