[JURIST] The leaders of Pakistan's governing Pakistan People's Party [party website] presented an anticipated [JURIST report] 62-point constitutional amendment package at a news conference Saturday, saying it would be presented to the country's parliament by the end of June. The package - an attempt at a political compromise - anticipates restoring all the superior court judges removed by President Pervez Musharraf under last November's declaration of emergency, provides new limits on judicial and presidential power, and enshrines constitutional protections for a more independent judiciary. According to Pakistan's Post newspaper, it includes the following specific provisions on the judiciary:
- The retirement age of Supreme Court judges will be increased from 65 to 68 years, while the retirement age of High Court judges will be increased from 62 to 65 years.
- The tenure of chief justice of Pakistan will be limited to three years.
- Reinstated judges will take fresh oaths.
- The Chief Justice of Pakistan's powers to take suo motu action will be curtailed.