Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry (R) leaves Prime Minister House after a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (L) in Islamabad on February 17, 2010.  Pakistan's government was forced into an embarrassing U-turn on February 17, withdrawing the appointments of top judges that sparked a showdown with the Supreme Court and a fresh crisis in the country. The row flared when President Asif Ali Zardari appointed two senior judges last week. The Supreme Court swiftly suspended the nominations, on the grounds that the head of state had apparently violated the constitution. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced the U-turn following talks between and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. AFP PHOTO/ AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)