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Proposed Pakistan constitutional amendments just stall tactic: bar group

[JURIST] A Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association (SBCA) committee Tuesday said the proposed constitutional amendment package [JURIST report] is just an attempt by the Pakistan People's Party to delay addressing the reinstatement of ousted judges. The committee called for the immediate implementation of a Supreme Court decision [JURIST report] invalidating Musharraf's November 3, 2007 declaration of emergency law [text] and the subsequent removal of numerous judges. The group also announced that lawyers will hold a series of demonstrations in the lead-up to a scheduled June 10 rally [JURIST report]. From Pakistan, the Daily Times has more.

The proposed constitutional amendment package would reinstate the judges removed by President Musharraf and would also limit executive powers. On Tuesday, PPP and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party website] leaders said that it will likely take months for parliament to pass the package and some top lawmakers expressed skepticism that the measures would be approved at all. A spokesperson for the PML-N said that the two parties still do not agree on exactly how to restore the judges, and on Tuesday a PMN-L member accused the PPP of stalling on the issue, saying that delays could lead to violence if progress is not made before the country's lawyers' movement [New York Times backgrounder] stages its June 10 rally.

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