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Review petition to be filed on Sharif disqualification

world Updated: Mar 16, 2009 16:29 IST
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A review petition will be filed on the disqualification case of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother following the government's decision to reinstate deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Pakistan's Attorney General Latif Khosa has directed the deputy attorney general to file a review petition in the Sharif brothers' eligibility case, Geo TV channel said.

Last month, a Supreme Court verdict banned Nawaz Sharif, also chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and his brother Shahbaz Sharif from holding office.

The verdict also removed Shahbaz Sharif from the office of chief minister of Pakistan's Punjab province.

Nawaz Sharif termed the verdict as "unconstitutional", and decided to participate in the "long march" aimed at restoring the judges sacked in November 2007 when then president Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency.

The lawyers and political activists kicked off their "long march" March 12, and planned to reach capital Islamabad Monday to stage a massive sit-in.

But Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani early on Monday morning announced the restoration of the deposed chief justice in a bid to defuse the political turmoil.