Confirmation of 7 judges recommended by JC
By: Nasir Iqbal
ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission recommended on Saturday confirmation of seven additional judges – three from the Lahore High Court and four from the Peshawar High Court.
A meeting of the commission presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry approved the names of Justices Sagheer Ahmad Qadri, Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad and Muhammad Qasim Khan of the Lahore High Court and Justices Attaullah Khan, Miftahuddin Khan, Mian Fasihul Mulk and Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel of the PHC.
The recommendations will be taken up by the Parliamentary Committee.
Justice Muhammad Sair Ali attended the meeting as JC member after the retirement of Justice Javed Iqbal. Under the 19th Amendment, the number of Supreme Court judges in the commission has been increased to four from two, in addition to the chief justice.
Our Peshawar Bureau adds: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council (KPBC) delayed on Saturday nomination of its representative as member of the Judicial Commission on judges’ appointment in protest against the holding of the commission’s meeting without its nominee.
A meeting of the KPBC, convened for the purpose of nominating its representative to the JC, put off the decision when it was informed that the commission had recommended the confirmation of four additional judges of the Peshawar High Court.
The meeting, presided over by KP Advocate General Asadullah Chamkani, expressed concern over commission’s meeting held without a KPBC nominee. It may be mentioned that an earlier meeting of the commission was also held without the council’s nominee.
The post for council’s JC member fell vacant after Fazle Haq Abbassi was appointed as additional judge of the PHC.
Justice Abbassi was a member of the Pakistan Bar Council when he was nominated by the KPBC for the post.