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Yousuf Raza Gilani

Pakistan's controversial chief justice steps down

Pakistan's controversial chief justice steps down

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s controversial chief justice, who helped oust President Pervez Musharraf and broaden human rights even as critics accused him of overstepping his mandate, retired Wednesday.

The assertive Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, who turns 65 on Thursday, leaves behind a mixed legacy. He’s credited with strengthening the judiciary and making it a force to be reckoned with among politicians and bureaucrats. But he was also instrumental in the resignation of the popularly elected Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, forced to quit after refusing to reopen a corruption case against then-President Asif Ali Zardari at the behest...