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Pakistan Restores Basic Rights

July 28, 1998

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) _ Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday restored freedom of speech, movement and assembly and other civil rights suspended under an emergency decree imposed after nuclear tests in May.

President Rafiq Tarar declared a state of emergency just hours after Pakistan detonated five nuclear devices in response to tests by India.

The emergency decree suspended Pakistan’s constitution and legal system.

Tuesday’s ruling, announced by Chief Justice Ajmal Mian, came in response to a challenge filed by former President Farooq Leghari and other political leaders.

Opposition and civil rights groups accused the government of trying to impose a dictatorship.

The court’s brief ruling did not explain its decision.

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