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Pakistan's Top Judge Returns to Work

Pakistan's chief justice has formally resumed his post, two years after his controversial dismissal threw the country into political turmoil.

The Supreme Court says Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry was reinstated at midnight (Saturday) and immediately began work Sunday morning.

The independent-minded judge was fired in 2007 by then-President Pervez Musharraf, after pursuing a case challenging the president's rule.

Chaudhry's dismissal sparked widespread protests that helped force Mr. Musharraf to resign last year.

Mr. Musharraf's successor, Asif Ali Zardari, faced a new wave of protests after he delayed Chaudhry's reinstatement.

Pakistan's government relented to activists' demands last week, however, reappointing Chaudhry in an effort to end a volatile political stand-off with the opposition.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani traveled to the Lahore area Sunday to meet opposition leader Nawaz Sharif in a further attempt at political reconciliation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.