On March 9, 2007, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for alleged misconduct and misuse of authority. General Musharraf seized executive power following the country's third military coup in 1999 and declared emergency rule in 2007, which the Supreme Court found unconstitutional in an October 2009 ruling. Chaudhry petitioned against his suspension and was reinstated following a popular movement. Musharraf's tenure as president was fraught with disputes with the court, and although Asif Ali Zadari was democratically elected to the presidential post in 2008, Musharraf has been investigated in connection with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination.
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