Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has announced the formal withdrawal of the two suspended presidential notifications Wednesday following his meeting with Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry at the Prime Minister House.

Briefing the media here, Prime Minister Gilani said the government has also decided to elevate Justice Saqib Nisar and Justice Asif Khosa to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, while Justice (retd) Khalil ur Rehman Ramday will be appointed as ad-hoc judge for a period of one year.

A notification in this regard will be issued anytime today, he announced.
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He further said Justice Khawaja Sharif will continue to work as the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court.

Gilani said the decision has been taken in the best interest of nation, country, political forces and the democratic system.

Premier Gilani said: “We have held a meeting with the Chief Justice of Pakistan as part of a consultative process according to the Constitution.”

To a question, he said the decision has full backing of President Asif Ali Zardari. “I and President Zardari are part of one party,” he commented.

About appointment of judges in Lahore High Court and Singh High Court, he said that notification would be issued today, while all vacant slots would be filled.

Earlier, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry met Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani at the Prime Minister House. The meeting between two continued for more than 2 hours.