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Pakistan's political crisis
How will the reinstatement of the judges affect Zardari's presidency?
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2009 07:10 GMT

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After days of protest marches, led by Nawaz Sharif, the opposition leader, Pakistan's government announced the reinstatement of Iftikhar Chaudhry, the former chief justice of Pakistan, and other deposed judges.  

Ali Asif Zardari, the Pakistani president, has finally caved in to his rival's mounting pressure over the judges issue.

The administration has in recent weeks tried hard to stifle opposition protests in Punjab, Sharif's political base, while also struggling with grave economic problems and battling pro-Taliban fighters in the Pakistan's northwest.

Does the reinstatement mean a victory for the opposition? Will it prevent further turmoil in the country? And is the current political crisis in Pakistan really over?

Presenter Maryam Nemazee is joined by Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan, the president of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) for the Punjab region; Rohail Dar, the president of the Pakistan Muslim league in the US; and Shuja Nawaz, the director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council of the US.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Monday, March 16, 2009.

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Al Jazeera
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