Boycott mars JCP's meeting
20 January, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission of Pakistan's (JCP) proceedings regarding the appointment of superior courts judges have been postponed until January 26 due to the boycott of attorney general of Pakistan, law minister and bar council representatives.
Sources confirmed to our sources that the JCP's meeting could not take up it agenda on Saturday due to a boycott by several of JCP's members, as they have demanded the commission amend its rules for ensuring transparency in the appointment of judges. Deadlock between the JCP and the apex body of lawyers still continues as all the bars, including provincial bar councils, have refused to send their representatives to the commission's meeting until their reservations regarding the appointment of superior courts judges are addressed.
The government's representatives in the commission are also backing the bar's unanimous demand regarding the amendment of JCP's rules. The legal experts say that if the situation remains same in the future, the appointment of superior court judges might be delayed and litigants would face hardships in high courts. It has been learnt that a three-member committee, headed by Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Vice Chairman Akhtar Hussain on Friday held an important meeting with Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to apprise him about the bars' reservations about the JCP's proceedings.
The sources said that the outcome of that meeting would be shared in the PBC's executive body meeting on January 22. They also said that the PBC's committee was informed that the CJP initiate the name for superior courts judges in view of the Supreme Court's short order in the 18th Amendment case, therefore, the bar council's demand could not be accepted in this regard until the court reviews its short order.