ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JC) recommended on Tuesday confirmation of eights judges as permanent judges of three high courts.
The meeting, presided over by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was also attended by Law Minister Ahmar Bilal Soofi, Attorney General Irfan Qadir and Yaseen Azad, the newly elected representative of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) which ended its five-month boycott of the commission. Following a Nov 7, 2012 resolution the PBC had not nominated its representative to participate in the consultations for the appointment of judicial officers in the superior judiciary after the completion of the two-year term of senior counsel Dr Khalid Ranjha. As a result, the JC held a number of meetings without any representatives of the PBC, the law minister and the attorney general.
The commission recommended the confirmation of four Lahore High Court (LHC) judges — Justice Chaudhry Mohammad Younas, Justice Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah, Justice Syed Mohammad Kazim Raza Shamsi and Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmed Gaiba.
The names of Justice Abdul Rasool Memon, Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto and Justice Sadiq Ali Bhatti of the Sindh High Court and Justice Noorul Haq N. Quraishi of the Islamabad High Court were also approved for confirmation.
During the meeting, the representative of the PBC objected to the confirmation of one of the judges of the LHC, whereas the Sindh Bar Council’s representative opposed the confirmation of a judge from the SHC.
The chief justice assured the participants that a special meeting of the JC would soon be summoned to consider the amendments suggested by the PBC to the Judicial Commission Rules, 2010.
In its meeting on March 9, the PBC had proposed amendments to rules 2, 3, 6 and 8. The amendments recommended that the PBC representative should be consulted before the initiation and sending of proposed names to the commission by the chief justices.
It was also proposed that a decision to relax any rule should be taken by the entire commission in public interest and not by the chairman alone.
The PBC is of the view that any member of the commission should have the right to propose names in its meetings for appointment as judges.