Meeting of CJP Iftikhar with Saudi Ambassador.

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Al Awadh Asseri on Friday met deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry who was the prime victim of Provincial Constitutional Ordinance (PCO) here in judges colony.

Sources said that the meeting that lasted more than 1 hour was arranged by Foreign Ministry on the request of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Al Awadh Asseri.

During the meeting, the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the steps taken by President Musharraf on November 03 including his house arrest have no legal backing.

He said he and his family members are facing enormous difficulties due to house arrest while the Government has a stance that they are free to move. The overall current situation also came under discussion during the talks between them, sources added.

When Government sources were contacted in this respect they rejected the impression that the meeting was arranged by the Government and said it was the wish of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Al Awadh Asseri.

Sources said that the Saudi Ambassador had also offered deposed Chief Justice to offer Hajj on expenditure of Saudi Government, which was positively responded by (CJ).

It is expected that the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will leave for Saudi Arabia to offer Hajj this year. It may be recalled that the deposed Judge of apex Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday will leave for Saudi Arabia on December 10.

After meeting with deposed Chief Justice, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Al Awadh Asseri met high-level officers of Interior ministry and discussed various vital issues.

Major progress is expected in upcoming days in this respect because Quaid Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also held one on one talks with Saudi envoy recently on the issue of judiciary, sources maintained.

(Courtesy:Online International News Network)

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