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Reinstatement of CJ is positive, says US

world Updated: Jul 21, 2007 11:47 IST

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The United States hailed the Pakistan's Supreme Court decision to reinstate the country's suspended chief justice, saying anything that strengthens the rule of law is a "positive" development.

"...I think anything that strengthens and enhances the rule of law is a positive development," the Deputy Spokesman of the US State Department Tom Casey said.

The Pakistani people are able to resolve even the very difficult political questions in a peaceful way and more importantly, through their institutions and in accordance with the rule of law, he said.

When asked that the administration still had full confidence in the government of President Pervez Musharraf and what Washington made out of his grip on power, he said, "He is committed to a process of democratic change in Pakistan, including, most importantly to us, the conducting of free and fair and transparent elections in Pakistan, which is something that is in the interest of everyone."

Praising his effort to on the war against terror, Casey said, the government, with the support of most of the population, is moving forward to address those concerns and is taking necessary actions.

"I think people need to understand that the government of Pakistan is facing difficult challenges, but the important thing for us to do is to be able to work with President Musharraf, with other political leaders who want to see and share his vision and our vision of Pakistan as a modern, moderate Islamic state," he said.

Asked if it was not the time for the United States to look for a "broader" relationship with Pakistan in the context of the goings on in that country, Casey replied," I think we do have a broad relationship with Pakistan".