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Judges Appointment: Parliamentary committee invites lawyers for consultations

23 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment has invited the representatives of lawyers today (Monday) for their input to make the role of the committee and the Judicial Commission of Pakistan in the process of superior courts judges' appointment more effective.

One member of the Parliamentary Committee on Judges' Appointment told that they would hold a meeting with the Supreme Court Bar Association President Kamran Murtaza and Pakistan Bar Council Vice Chairman Qulb-e-Hassan today for their recommendations on how the role of the parliamentary committee and the commission could be made more effective in the procedure about judges' appointment.

He said that both lawyers and parliamentarians are dissatisfied over the process of judges' appointments, which was introduced through the 18th and 19th constitutional amendments in 2010. They believe that the committee has become ineffective due to the Supreme Court's ruling in Muneer Bhatti case, he added. It is worth mentioning that after the reinstatement of former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry since March 2009, 126 judges have been appointed in the superior courts but superior bars have always alleged that most of these appointments were being made on the basis of nepotism and favouritism by the former CJP Iftikhar.

They are demanding that discretionary power of the CJP in the appointment of judges should be done away with. One member of the committee said that that in August 2013, the Parliamentary Committee on Judges' Appointment had formed a sub-committee of three parliamentarians, who are also practicing lawyers, to make the committee and JCP more effective in appointment of superior courts' judges.

He said that former law minister Farooq H Naek, Senator Rafiq Rajwana, Chaudhry Bashir Wirk were the members of that committee, which is examining how the role of Parliamentary Committee on Judges' Appointments could be made more effective, as they felt that the role of Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP), especially judiciary, had been dominant in the matter after the insertion of 19th Amendment in the constitution. He also said that the PML-N government is also backing the committee for making the Parliamentary Committee on Judges' Appointments more effective regarding the appointment of superior courts judges.

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