QUETTA: Following in the footsteps of his erstwhile nemesis, the former strongman General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, ex chief justice of Pakistan Justice (Retd) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has taken the plunge into politics.
"I am launching my own political party,” Chaudhry, who earned himself a reputation by facing off with the powerful military dictator, told reporters here.
Chaudhry, who was accused by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf of helping Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) sweep general elections held on May 11, 2013, sounded out that a judicial commission, formed to investigate the alleged organized election rigging, has proved Imran Khan a liar.
"By declaring the polls just and legal, the inquiry commission has vindicated the honour of entire judiciary including me,” Chaudhry said.
In his turbulent eight-year stint, during which he defied and outplayed the military ruler Musharraf, terminated a prime minister and changed the Supreme Court’s role from political pawn to power player, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, 67, retired as Pakistan’s chief justice in December 2013.
He left a supreme court that has now proved able to call even the country’s powerful generals to account. But he also polarized public debate, drawing accusations that he had become a power-drunk crusader who brought an elected Pakistani government to the brink of collapse.
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