64 judges refuse to take oath under PCO

Other News Materials 5 November 2007 05:11 (UTC +04:00)

(Gulfnews) - Islamabad: Fourteen judges of the Supreme Court and 50 judges of provincial high courts have refused to take the oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) enforced by President General Pervez Musharraf after imposing a state of emergency.

Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar was inducted on Saturday night as chief justice of Pakistan, replacing Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who had become a symbol of judicial activism.

Out of 19 judges of the Supreme Court five have taken oath under the PCO.

The new registar of the top court has announced that all those judges who were not invited to take the oath cease to hold office.

New chief justices of high courts of the country's four provinces have also been sworn in.

In the Punjab province, 14 out of 31 judges of the Lahore High Court have taken the oath while in Sindh 12 out of 27 judges of Sindh High Court have so far been invited and five of them have taken oath.

Seven judges of the Peshawar High Court have taken oath under the PCO in the North West Frontier Province and it has been announced that two more judges would do so today.

In Balochistan, five provincial high court judges have taken oath under the new order.