파키스탄 정부는 4일 페르베즈 무샤라프 대통령이 선포한 국가비상사태 수용을 거부한 20여 명의 고위 법관들을 공식 해임했습니다.

파키스탄 법무부는 이 날 고등법원 판사 24명과 대법관 3명을 해임했다고 발표했습니다.

이들 판사들은 무샤라프 대통령이 지난 달 3일 국가 비상사태를 선포한 뒤 충성 서약을 거부했습니다.

무샤라프 대통령은 오는 16일 비상사태를 해제할 것이라고 약속한 바 있습니다.

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Pakistan's government has formally dismissed more than 20 senior judges who refused to accept President Pervez Musharraf's emergency rule.

The Pakistani law ministry issued notices Tuesday dismissing 24 high court judges and three Supreme Court judges, including former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The judges had declined to take a new oath of allegiance after Mr. Musharraf imposed the state of emergency on November 3rd.

Mr. Musharraf has said judicial interference with the government was one factor behind his declaration of emergency rule. He has promised to lift emergency rule on December 16th.

Critics of Mr. Musharraf accuse him of using emergency powers to purge the judiciary of judges who may have overturned his victory in October's presidential election.