ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's governing coalition has agreed to reinstate the Supreme Court judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf by offering a resolution in Parliament, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday.
The agreement enabled the coalition partners to soothe tensions that had the potential to splinter them, and it reopened the possibility of a challenge to the president's continued rule.
Sharif, who is the leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N, made the announcement in Lahore after two long days of negotiation in Dubai with Asif Ali Zardari, the leader of the Pakistan People's Party, which heads the government.
"I want to inform the entire nation that on Monday, May 12, 2008, all deposed judges will be restored," Sharif said. "The National Assembly will approve a resolution, followed the same day by the notification of the restoration of the judges sacked unconstitutionally on Nov. 3."
The return of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other Supreme Court judges would likely reopen challenges to Musharraf's position as president and questions about the legality of his imposition of emergency rule in November.
Aides to Musharraf threatened legal action to block the move, newspapers reported.