Pakistan bar rejects challenge to new chief justice but denounces emergency Caitlin Price at 5:04 PM ET
[JURIST] The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Saturday voted down a challenge to the constitutionality of Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar's [official profile] appointment, as Pakistani Law Minister Farooq H. Naek defended Dogar as the lawful chief justice. The PBC unanimously adopted a measure denouncing as illegal the November 2007 declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] by then-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf that led to the ousting of former Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive]. Despite the condemnation, the PBC voted 6-12 against [Dawn report] a call to reinstate Chaudhry as chief justice. Also defeated was a resolution to take action against Dogar for allegations that he abused his position to secure his daughter's admission to medical school. Following the vote, National Assembly Standing Committee on Education Chairman Abid Sher Ali sent a letter [News report] to President Asif Ali Zardari urging him to seek Dogar's resignation.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.