LAHORE - The announcement for the restoration of November 2, 2007 judiciary has come about after one year, four months and 12 days in the wee hours of Monday giving a great success and hope to the whole Pakistani nation which has been in struggle since March 9, 2007 when Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was sacked by Pervez Musharraf after he took a firm stand against his dictate for leaving the office. The daring step of Justice Chaudhry came at a time when a larger bench of the Supreme Court was proceeding with a high profile case regarding the candidature of Pervez Musharraf for contesting election for a second term in uniform for the Presidential office. Pervez Musharraf then was under apprehension that the Supreme Court under Justice Chaudhry would not allow him to contest elections in uniform as Constitution did not permit a person in service of Pakistan to enter that area without staying out for two years after retirement. Not that but a number of cases decided by Justice Chaudhry, one of that relating to the privatisation of Pakistan Steel Mills, and certain pending ones of great public importance, were said to be some other irritants which prodded Musharraf to show the door to Justice Chaudhry, which he did on March 9,2007, and moved criminal reference against him. After that the lawyer took to a strong movement when the reference against Justice Chaudhry was before the Supreme Judicial Council. Meantime, the Council was proceeding with it, composition of the Council and its jurisdiction to hear the reference were challenged by Justice Chaudhry before the Supreme Court before which Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan appeared for the petitioner. A 13-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Khalilur Rahman Ramday, after thorough hearing, decided the petition on July 20, 2007 and set aside the reference and restored Justice Chaudhry to the office. But thing failed to settle down on the part of the President-cum-General as after that he constantly appeared apprehensive of the adverse decision from the SC on his candidature. So he took the November 3,2007 action which triggered a countrywide movement from the lawyers, political parties, professionals and the civil society which initially started with the restoration of deposed judges, turned into a movement for independence of judiciary and lately, to a movement to save the country, the democratic institutions and a solution to every problem of the masses. The PCO on the November 3, 2007, issued by General Pervez Musharraf sacked as many as 60 judges of the Superior Court. Of them as many as 53 have been re-inducted in the judiciary at different point of time, under PCO oath when the emergency was in place till December 15, later on when elections were held, through reappointment and fresh oath of the office and while two from Sindh namely Justice Sabihuddin Ahmad and Justice Sarmad Jalal Umsani were elevated to the Supreme Court under the Constitutional oath. The seven judges who were deposed till last included, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khalilur Rahman Ramday, Justice Ch Ijaz Ahmad and Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmad of the Supreme Court. The remaining are two Lahore High Court Judges namely Justice Khawja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rahman. Justice Khwaja is the senior most of the Lahore High Court at present. On November 2,2007, the Supreme Court comprises the judges: Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Rana Baghwandas, Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, Justice Khalilur Rahman Ramday, Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, Justice Falak Sher, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice M Javed Buttar, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Saiyed Saeed Ashhad, Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmad, Justice Ch Ijaz Ahmad, and Justice Jamshed Ali Shah. After November 3, 2007 PCO excepting Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, Justice M Javed Buttar and Justice Saiyed Saeed Ashad rest of all were sacked through the PCO order passed by General Pervez Musharraf as Army Chief. Justice Dogar, who accepted the PCO action of General Pervez Musharraf took over as Chief Justice of Pakistan. In the interregnum period, Justice Baghwandas, Justice Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Saiyed Saeed Ashhad, Justice Falak Sher, and Justice Jamshed Ali Shah stand retired of the office. The strength of the Supreme Court in the Finance Act 2008-09 was enhanced from 17 to 29 as salary for that number of judges was fixed. Supreme Court Bar President Ali Ahmad Kurd has thanked Allah, Almighty for giving the success. He said Justice Chaudhary and the lawyers were totally in the right which cannot be defeated by the wrong. Former President SCBA Munir A Malik thanked to Allah, Almighty for the restoration of judiciary said, this is a success of every one. He said the country can prosper only when each institution of the state acts within its constitutional limits.