Pakistan’s government and opposition have pledged to work together to ease tensions following the re-instatement of the sacked chief justice. Iftikar Chaudhry returned to work, to the delight of his supporters, after being forced out by former President Pervez Musharraf in 2007. New President Asif Ali Zardari was reluctant to reinstate him in case he launched legal action against Musharraf which might threaten his own position.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif faced the cameras together later in an attempt to smooth over what they called recent misunderstandings. Sharif had defied house arrest to throw his weight behind Chaudhry’s cause. The Chief Justice’s removal sparked a wave of protests which ultimately forced Musharraf to resign. While this particular crisis has been resolved, there remains a power struggle between President Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, which has seen the opposition leader barred from elected office.