QUETTA, Pakistan –‘s deposed chief justice arrived in his hometown Monday to a hero’s welcome as he launched a drive to win back his old job and deal another blow to embattled .
Pakistan’s new government freed Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry and other senior judges last week, more than four months after they were dismissed and put under house arrest by the U.S.-backed president.
Hundreds of flag-waving political activists and black-suited lawyers gathered at‘s airport to greet Chaudhry as he began the first in a series of trips across the country to build support for the judges’ reinstatement.
“I hope this is an important moment for the revival and independence of the judiciary,” said Nasir Yousafzai, a high court lawyer. “We are on the verge of victory.”