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In pictures: Pakistan celebrates

Iftikhar Chaudhry surrounded by jubiliant lawyers

Reinstated at last. Pakistan's government agrees to restore sacked top judge Iftikhar Chaudhry (centre) after mass protests.

Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif dance in the streets of Gujrawala, Pakistan

Another day of protest turned to celebration at news that Mr Chaudhry would resume his old job as Supreme Court chief justice later in March.

Women raise their hands in victory in Islamabad, Pakistan

Jubilant supporters gathered outside Mr Chaudhry's home in Islamabad to celebrate the news.

A jubilant crowd, waving opposition flags, jumping and clapping in the streets

Pakistani lawyers, who had led the marches, joined opposition party workers to celebrate Mr Chaudhry's reinstatement.

Lawyers grab colourful sweets in the street

These lawyers in Lahore offered each other traditional sweets as part of the celebrations.

A crowd of supporters jostle opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and lawyers leader, Aitzaz Ahsan

Main opposition leader Nawaz Sharif (left) said it was an "historic day", and called off a major rally in Islamabad.

Opposition supporters dancing in the street in Islamabad, Pakistan

President Asif Ali Zardari had been accused of breaking a public promise to reappoint the chief justice dismissed by former President Musharraf.



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